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Lenehan, Henry Alfred (1843 - 1908)

FRAS
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Astronomer
Born: 28 August 1843  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 2 May 1908  Normanhurst, New South Wales, Australia.
Henry Alfred Lenehan initially worked as a clerk with Australian Joint Stock Bank where he was posted to Ipswich and Rockhampton in Queensland. He then went on to work as a draftsman in the Railway Department (Queensland?). His appointment as an assistant to the Government Astronomer of New South Wales followed shortly afterwards (1870). Lenehan remained in this post for over thirty years, filling in for the Government Astronomer on several occasions. Finally, on 1 January 1907, he was appointed Government Astronomer and quickly set about organising for thousands of observations and readings to be made. These included gravity readings taken by the Sydney Observatory, magnetic studies by the Red Hill Observatory and the observation of the total solar eclipse and Danielís comet in 1908 at Flint Island. Henry Lenehan was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London and was a long-term councilor and one-time president of the Royal Society of New South Wales.

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1865 - c. 1870Clerk at the Australian Joint Stock Bank in New South Wales and Queensland
1870 - 1906Assistant to the Government Astronomer
1875Acting Government Astronomer
1887Acting Government Astronomer
1894Fellow of the Roayl Astronomical Soceity, London (FRAS)
1901Acting Government Astronomer
1903 - 1906Acting Government Astronomer
1905 - 1906President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
1907 - Government Astronomer

 

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