Dawes, William, 1762 - 1836 (astronomer and colonial administrator)
Found in 44 Collections and/or Records:
Written from the new settlement at New South Wales. Dawes reports on his work there, mentioning the lack of resources and the clearing of land for an observatory. He includes a rough sketch of the observatory.
Reporting on his activities between leaving the Cape of Good Hope and his arrival at Sydney. The letter also includes an account of constructing the observatory in Sydney, and of the practical difficulties involved, particularly in finding suitable materials and craftsmen. He mentions, for example, that the forty marines employed in the work had to be provided with rum, water and new shoes (due to the damage from brushwood). Dawes also seeks further money and provisions.
Reporting on the status of the observatory (which was nearly complete), on expenses incurred, and on his role there.
Informing Maskelyne that he had a sent a letter via the Fishburn under Captain [Robert] Brown.
Reporting on his work at the observatory in Sydney. Dawes reports that he had seen nothing of the comet and complains that his duties as Engineer and Officer of Artillery were preventing him from attending to the observatory, which had soured his relationship with the Governor. He asks that a suitable person be sent out to take over the Observatory before his six years there had expired. He also reports the naming of Maskelyne Point.
Reporting on his work at the observatory in Sydney. He refers to the loss of HMS Sirius and states that the timekeeper [K1] was moved to HMS Supply undamaged. The letter also includes a description of his observatory.
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'.
Written on board HMS Gorgon on Dawes' return passage to England and concerning the safe return of instruments from the observatory at Sydney.
Concerning the rate of the Board of Longitude's watch and the provision of books and instruments.
Concerning the rate of the Board of Longitude's watch; the provision of books; the testing of instruments intended for the observatory; the discovery of damage to a sextant; and his request for an advance of a year's subsistence.
Requesting the advance of a year's subsistence and his request to be appointed to the land service at Botany Bay; also enclosing a copy of a letter from Lord Howe about his appointment.
Concerning a letter from Lord Howe about his appointment to Botany Bay, and his objections to being placed in the marine detachment of HMS Sirius rather than in the land service.
Miscellaneous petitions and memorials making requests of the Board of Longitude.
Note concerning William Dawes' manuscripts of astronomical observations made at Port Jackson and Rio de Janeiro, 1798
Astronomical observations made on Flinders' voyage on HMS Investigator, with an extract from Flinders' memoir and a related letter [RGO 14/68: 70-83]. Also astronomical observations made by William Dawes, with a related note and letter [RGO 14/68: 84-90].
A diary of work performed on the 'Nautical Almanac' and arrangements for its compilation and publication.
Papers regarding the loan of instruments and books to Lieutenant William Dawes on a voyage to Botany Bay, 1787 - 1791
Papers regarding the loan and return of instruments belonging to the Board of Longitude and concerning persons entitled to receive Board publications.