Dawes, William, 1762 - 1836 (astronomer and colonial administrator)
Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:
Reduced by Dawes.
Reduced by William Wales.
Reporting on his work at the observatory at Sydney, and describing the main hindrances to his work (including the lack of 'men of business' in the country, the 'unfortunate want of abilities' of the surveyor of lands, and his problems with the Governor). The letter also includes a description of the local topography of Sydney and his opinion of the country - 'a more dreary, dismal, barren, inanimated [sic] country I believe does not exist anywhere in the whole world'.
Concerning a fault in the sextant and requesting a replacement instrument; also concerning his desire to be placed in the land detachment.
William M. Dawes' correspondence during the establishment of an observatory at Port Jackson, New South Wales, 1786 - 1792
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