The first chemists an Australian chronicle part 3

D Collins

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The first government analyst in colonial Australia was James Smith Norrie, appointed in 1844 on a fee-forservice basis a?? it was not an establishment position until 1883. Norrie arrived in Sydney in 1840 and set up a wholesale and retail druggist business at 170 Pitt Street, Sydney, where he also operated as an assayer of ores and minerals and as a photographer (Collins 2000, Guthrie 1904). In carrying out analytical work for the government, particularly for forensic/legal purposes, he sometimes had to travel to distant locations. Unfortunately, a fire in his home destroyed Norriea??s personal papers, and no written record has been found of his activities as an analyst.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20 - 27
Number of pages8
JournalChemistry in Australia
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2010

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