Lawrence Hargrave 1850 -1915

By Seamus Rigby

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Lawrence Hargrave's Birth

29 January 1850

He was born on the 29th of January 1850 and was born in Greenwich, England.

School

1856 - 1864

Lawrence went to Queen Elizabeth's School at kirky Lonsdale, Westmoreland

England

1865

In 1865 (When Lawrence Hargrave was 15) his father sent Ralph back to England to fetch him.

Sydney

1865

They reached Sydney in the La Hogue on 5 November 1865

Occupation

1870

He was an aeronautical pioneer, Inventor, astronomer and coal mine owner.

Back to Sydney

February 1876

He returned to Sydney at the end of February 1876

Pre-Job

1878

In 1878 (when he was 28) he accepted a position as an astronomical assistant at the Sydney Observatory.

Mercury

1881

He observed the transit of Mercury in 1881

Inventor

1883

Lawrence Hargrave became an inventor.

Monoplane Models

1884

Lawrence Hargrave experimented with monoplane models.
He also experimented with monoplane models in 1892.

Trochoided Plane

6 August 1884

Trochoided plane,to the local Royal Society on 6 August 1884.

Steam Engines

February 1892 - August 1892

He built 17 unsuccesful steam engines.

Box Kite

1893

Lawrence Hargrave buil the box kite in 1893.

Stamwell Park

12 November 1894

At Stamwell Park, New South Wales, on November 12,1894, he was lifted 4.8 metres ( almost 16 feet) off the ground by four box kites of his own construction!

Visiting England

1899

He visited England in 1899

Death

14 July 1915

He died on the 14th of July 1915 at Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. (When he was 65)