Thomas Makdougall Brisbane

(1773—1860) colonial governor and astronomer

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(1773–1860) was governor of NSW 1821–25, an appointment he possibly sought because of an interest in astronomy which he had pursued in an observatory at the family home in Scotland, Brisbane House. After a distinguished army career, Brisbane arrived in the colony to take over from Lachlan Macquarie. J.D. Lang's assessment of him as lazy became the accepted view, but it was under his direction that proper land surveys were undertaken, making possible the 1831 Ripon Regulations. Brisbane had an observatory built at Parramatta, and published an account of his observations. He donated his astronomical instruments and much of his scientific library to the colony.

From The Oxford Companion to Australian History in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

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