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Biographical entry Norrie, James Smith (1820 - 1883)

London, United Kingdom


James Norrie studied medicine at St. Thomas' Hospital in London; science and principles of analytical chemistry at King's College in London and chemical training in the laboratory of John and Jacob Bell (founder of the Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain). Norrie was an early member of the Chemical Society of London and migrated to Australia in 1840. There he set himself up as an analyst, assayer and druggist. He also practised medicine and dentistry, and set up as a photographer and supplier of photographic materials.



1840 -
Career position - Worked as an analyst and assayer and established his own druggist business
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
1844 - 1871
Career position - Carried out forensic work for the Government
Career position - Gave public lectures in chemistry.

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Collins, David J., 'An Explosion of Nitroglycerine in Sydney, 1866: a Window on Chemists and Chemistry in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Australia', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 13, no. 2, 2000, pp. 131-149. Details
  • Norrie, J.S., 'Analysis of Australian and New Zealand Coals', The Sydney Magazine of Science and Art, contg. the proceedings of Aust. Hort.& Agric.Soc., and The Phil Soc. NSW, vol. 1, Waugh, Sydney, 1858, p. 94. Details
  • Norrie, J.S., 'An improved compound magneto-electric machine; Bunsen's and Herspeth's gas burners; a Society of Arts microscope with 24 mounted objects; an improved portable stereoscopic camera; --all exhibits at meeting of the Philosophical society', The Empire, Thurs., May 17, 1860, page 8, 1860, p. 8. Details
  • Norrie, J.S., 'Examination of Nuts of Zamia spiralis', The New South Wales Medical Gazette, vol. 2, Gibbs, Shallard & Co., Sydney, 1871-1872, pp. 57-58. Details
  • Norrie, James Smith, 'obituary of James Smith Norrie in presidential address by F.B. Guthrie', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 38, Acting Government Printer, Sydney, 1904, pp. 8-10. Details


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