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Biographical entry McLeay, Alexander (1767 - 1848)

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Born
24 June 1767
Ross, Scotland
Died
18 July 1848
New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Entomologist

Summary

Alexander McLeay was Secretary of the Linnean Society of London 1798-1825, and Colonial Secretary of New South Wales 1825-1836. He remained in Australia until his death and was involved in colonial politics, administration and scientific activities.

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Archival resources

The Linnean Society of New South Wales

  • Alexander Macleay - Records, 1814 - 1837; The Linnean Society of New South Wales. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Alexander Macleay - Records, c. 1829 - c. 1855, A2974; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Alexander Macleay - Records, c. 1798 - c. 1825, Uncatalogued MSS SET 225; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Alexander Macleay - Records, c. 1825 - c. 1848, Uncatalogued MSS SET 380; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Gold Family - Records, 1827, ML MSS 846; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1792 - 1870, FM 4/2699; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Linnean Society of New South Wales - Records, 1826 - 1970, ML MSS 2009; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1790 - 1870, M596-597; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Cherry, Derelie, Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney (Kulnura, N.S.W.: Paradise Publishers, 2012), 452 pp. Details
  • Donaldson, James, Colonial mandarin: the life and times of Alexander Macleay (London: Austin Macauley Publishers, 2017), 367 pp. Details
  • Gilbert, Lionel, Mr McLeay's Elizabeth Bay Garden: Plants, Privilege and Power in Sydney's Early Scientific Community (Canberra: Mulini Press, 2000), 75 pp. Details
  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930 (Sydney: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., 1932), 380 pp. Details
  • Stacey, Robyn and Hay, Ashley, Museum: the MacLeays, their Collection and the Search for Order (Sydney: Cambridge University Press, 2007), 196 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • 'McLeay, Alexander (1767-1848), public servant and entomologist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Douglas Pike, ed., vol. 2 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1967), pp. 177-180. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020156b.htm. Details
  • Fulton, G. R., 'Alexander, William Sharp, and William John Macleay: their Ornithology and Museum' in Contributions to the History of Australasian Ornithology, volume 2, Davis, William E., Recher, Harry F. and Boles, Walter E., eds (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Nuttall Ornithological Club, 2012), pp. 327-93. Details

Edited Books

  • Stanbury, Peter and Holland, Julian eds, Mr Macleay's celebrated cabinet: the history of the Macleays and their museum (Sydney: Macleay Museum, University of Sydney, 1988), 170 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Fletcher, J.J., 'The Society's Heritage from the Macleays', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 45 (1920), 592-629. Details
  • Fletcher, J.J., 'The Society's Heritage From the Macleays. Part ii', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, liv (1929), 185-272. Details
  • Gibson, Susannah, 'The careering naturalists: creating career paths in natural history, 1790 - 1830', Archives of Natural History, 44 (2) (2017), 195-214. Details
  • Leeuwen, Michael Van, 'This Plan of a Museum: Alexander Macleay's Proposal for the Australian Museum', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 78 (3-4) (1992), 39-51. Details
  • Strahan, Ronald, 'The Dog that Did Not Bark: Alexander Macleay and the Australian Museum', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 75 (3) (1989), 224-229. Details

Resources

Reviews

  • Cherry, Derelie, Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney (2012)
    Holland, Julian, Historical Records of Australian Science, 23, (2012), 233-4. Details
  • Cherry, Derelie, Alexander Macleay : from Scotland to Sydney (2012)
    Ventress, Alan, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 99, (2013), 101-3. Details

See also

  • Coleman, Deidre and Blackburn, Robert, 'Eighteenth-century West African insects in the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney', Archives of Natural History, 44 (2) (2018), 356-62. Details

McCarthy, G.J.