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Biographical entry Biggs, Alfred Barrett (1825 - 1900)

10 April 1825
London, England
19 December 1900
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Teacher and Astronomer


Alfred Biggs was a schoolteacher in Tasmania 1845-1852, in Melbourne 1852-1863 and again in Tasmania 1863-1880. He was then a bank officer in Launceston 1880-1900.


Born London, 10 April 1825. Died Launceston, 19 December 1900. School teacher, Tasmania 1845-52; school teacher, Melbourne 1852-63; school teacher, Tasmania 1863-80; bank officer, Launceston 1880-1900.

Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Alfred Barrett Biggs - Records, 1845 - 1900, NS 984; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

Published resources


  • Giordano, Margaret, Watcher of the skies: the story of Alfred Barrett Biggs, pioneer in astronomy, seismology and telecommunications (Launceston, Tas.: Regal Publications, 1995), 124 pp. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, Alfred Barrett Biggs and Amateur Astronomy in Tasmania (Perth: NACAA, 1983), 97-110 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • George, Martin, 'Biggs, Alfred Barrett (1825-1900), Teacher, Bank Officer, Astronomer and Inventor' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. Supplement (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2005), p. 31. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'The Astronomical Activities of Alfred Barrett Biggs of Launceston'.' in Earth Tremors: proceedings of a seminar commemorating the centenary of instrumental seismology in Australia, J. L. Perdix, ed. (Launceston, Tasmania: Royal Society of Tasmania, 1983), pp. 11-27. Details

Journal Articles

  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'The contribution of Alfred Barrett Biggs to Australian and Tasmanian astronomy', Records of the Queen Victoria Museum, 89 (1985), 1-28. Details
  • Orchiston, Wayne, 'The Contribution of Alfred Barrett Biggs to Australian and Tasmanian Astronomy', Records of the Queen Victoria Museum (Tasmania), 89 (1985), 1-28. Details


Resource Sections

McCarthy, G.J.