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TitleDetails of Elizabeth Bay House - Alexander MacLeay
AdminHistoryAlexander MacLeay FRS FLS, was an entomologist (principally interested in lepidopterology) and a colonial statesman in Australia. He was born on June 24th 1767 in Ross-shire, Scotland and died in Sydney on June 18th 1848. MacLeay became a fellow of the Linnean Society in 1794, and was secretary from 1798-1825. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1809. MacLeay was Colonial Secretary of New South Wales 1825-37, and first Speaker of the Legislative Council 1843-46, and First President of the Australian Museum at Sydney, founded in 1836. Robert Brown named the genus Macleaya, (Bocconia), belonging to the poppy family, after MacLeay. He possessed a fine collection of insects and by 1825 it was said to be the best of any private individual.
DescriptionOne exhibition catalogue to accompany the first architectural exhibition held in Elizabeth Bay House, honouring the work of its designer, Mr John Verge (1782-1861). Elizabeth Bay House was built for Alexander MacLeay who was Colonial Secretary of the New South Wales from 1825-1837.

Also includes two copies of "The restoration of Elizabeth Bay House" by Clive Lucas, reprinted from the Australasian Antique Collector-18th Edition. The house was restored between 1974-76 and officially opened to the public on March 11, 1977.
Extent3 booklets
NotesM'Leay Box A
Creator NameMacLeay, Alexander (1767-1848) [also spelt McLeay or M'Leay]
GB/110/1/95Macleay; Alexander (1767-1848); entomologist and civil servant in Australia1767-1848
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