Scholar Talk: William Macarthur and the empire of science
With Dr Julie McIntyre
William Macarthur played an important role in the emergence of science for industry. Born in NSW in 1800, Macarthur lived a cosmopolitan youth overseas before returning to the colony in 1817. Macarthur went on to connect with a community of international thinkers who transcended the politics of nation states: the so-called empire of science. Whether classing wool and making wine or exhibiting eucalypts with Aboriginal names in Europe, Macarthur stoked a curious crucible – melding knowledge for colonial development before the formalisation of science as we know it.
Julie McIntyre is a Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Newcastle and best known for her award-winning research on people and places in the history of Australian wine. As the 2018 Merewether Fellow at the State Library of NSW, Julie explored the connections between settlers and scientists who puzzled out the workings of the natural world to propel global commodity trade.