Early Meteorology in Australia

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Australia has a long history of Meteorology, dating back to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Many of Australia’s earliest meteorological observations were conducted from Sydney Observatory, and the Australian Bureau of Meteorology eventually formed out of Sydney Observatory’s efforts in recording the weather.

Lieutenant William Dawes, who came out to Australia with the First Fleet, made the first recorded meteorological observations in Australia. In 1821 Governor Thomas Brisbane arrived ...