Scholar Talk: William Macarthur and the empire of science

Scholar Talk: William Macarthur and the empire of science

Scholar Talks

William Macarthur played an important role in the emergence of science for industry. Born in NSW in 1800, Macarthur’s many interests, whether classing wool, making wine or classifying eucalypts, led him to connect with a community of international thinkers transcending the politics of nation states: the so-called empire of science.

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Tuesday
5 February 2019 11am to 12pm

Price

General Admission: Free
State Library Friends Members: Free

Location

Metcalfe Auditorium, Ground Floor
Macquarie Street
Sydney NSW 2000
Australia

 

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.

 


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