John Rae (1813-1900) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in Aberdeen Scotland, John Rae arrived in Australia in 1838.

Rae worked in the public service, and during his working life period his positions included city commissioner, secretary and accountant to the Sydney Railway Company, under-secretary for the Department of Works, commissioner for railways, chairman of the Board of Public Works and a member of the Civil Service Board, retiring from the last position in 1893.

Despite the demands of his busy professional life, Rae took a prominent part in Sydney's cultural activities. In the 1840s he was vice-president of the Sydney Debating Society and a lecturer and committee member of the Sydney Mechanics School of Arts.ublic Works Department for 50 years, and owned works by prominennt artists of the period including G.E. Peacock, Lucy Havens, Conrad Martens and William Nicholas

An Amateur photographer, he painted some panoramas of Sydney with the assistance of a pinhole camera.

Rae died in 1900 and is buried in Waverley Cemetery, Bronte. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

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Boating Party Visiting Aboriginal Camp
Watercolour, 26 x 40 cm
Pictures and Works on paper, Sculpture and Photography, Goodmans Auctioneers, Sydney.
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Seven Gentlemen 1841
Ink on paper, 13.5 x 11 cm
Fine Australian Paintings, Sotheby's, Sydney.
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The Completed Zig Zag Railway
Watercolour, 26 x 63 cm
Australian and European Paintings, Lawsons, Sydney.
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