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Biographical entry Macadam, John (1827 - 1865)

29 May 1827
Northbank, Lanark, Scotland
2 September 1865
at sea
Chemist and Physician


John Macadam was appointed Victorian government analytical chemist in 1858 and health officer for the City of Melbourne in 1860. In 1862 he became lecturer in chemistry for the Medical School of the University of Melbourne. Macadam was also instrumental in promoting the cultivation of macadamia nuts in Australia. These nuts were named after him by the legendary botanist Ferdinand von Mueller.

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • John Macadam - Records, 1862 - 1865; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Russell, K. F., 'Macadam, John (1827-1865), analytical chemist, medical practitioner and politician', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, p. 118. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • 'The Late Dr. Macadam', Australian Medical Journal, Oct, 1865. Details
  • Macadam, John, 'Chemical Examination and Analyses of Waters in the Vicinity of Geelong', The Australian Medical Journal, vol. 2, T.M. Buzzard, Melbourne, 1857, pp. 17-30. Details
  • Macadam, John, 'On Kerosene', Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, vol. 6, Wilson & Mackinnon, Melbourne, 1865, pp. 61-62. Details

Online Resources

See also

McCarthy, G.J.