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.
|Pages (from-to)||20 - 27|
|Number of pages||8|
|Journal||Chemistry in Australia|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|