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Neumayer, Georg Balthasar von (1826 - 1909)

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Magnetician and Meteorologist
Born: 21 June 1826  Kircheimbolanden, Bavaria.  Died: 24 May 1909  Neustadt, Germany.
Georg Balthasar von Neumayer set up the Flagstaff Observatory, Melbourne in 1858 and completed a detailed magnetic survey of Victoria 1858-1864.

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von Neumeyer, a Bavarian Ship's Officer who had obtained his doctorate at Munich in 1849, first arrived in Melbourne in 1852. Convinced of the importance of meteorology, he returned to Europe in 1854 and obtained the instruments necessary to establish an observatory in Melbourne. Initially working as a private citizen, he established a number of observing stations throughout Victoria, mainly at lighthouses. In 1859, he was appointed as Government Astronomer. He gradually built up the observatory recruiting, inter alia, W. J. Wills who was subsequently to perish in the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition. Neumeyer played a leading role in the early scientific life of Melbourne before returning again to Europe in 1863. A Hundred Years of Science and Service, Bureau of Meteorology, 2001.
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Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 18 October 2006

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Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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