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John Dunmore Lang John Dunmore Lang i(A8742 works by)
Also writes as: J. D. L. ; Rev. Dr. Lang ; 'Germanicus'
Born: Established: 25 Aug 1799 Greenock,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
; Died: Ceased: 8 Aug 1878 Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1823
Heritage: Scottish
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John Dunmore Lang was born in Scotland and was educated at Glasgow University. After completing a Doctor of Divinity degree he migrated to Sydney in 1823 where he became Australia's first Presbyterian minister. As a clergyman, politician, educationist and journalist, he was a prominent public figure in New South Wales. He held seats for Port Phillip and Stanley (Moreton Bay) in the Legislative Council, and the seat of West Sydney in the Legislative Assembly (1859-1869). He wrote numerous religious, political and historical books and pamphlets, and he founded successively the three weekly newspapers, the Colonist (1835-1840), the Colonial Observer (1841-1844) and the Press (1851). He was an advocate of immigration, education and republicanism, and he criticised the system of convict transportation. Lang's poetry includes translations from Greek and German, and from Australian Aboriginal dialects.

Most Referenced Works


  • The Mitchell Library's collection of Lang papers is bound in 30 volumes.
  • See also the full Australian Dictionary of Biography Online entry for John Dunmore Lang (1799-1878).

Known archival holdings

Albinski 123
Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW (NSW)
National Library of Australia (ACT)
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