Dr. Vickery is the Astronomer Royale, or the official astronomer for the British government. When Rooke visits him as a young teenager, Dr. Vickery introduces him to the possibility that Rooke isn't necessarily an extremely abnormal individual. Like Rooke, Dr. Vickery is awkward and avoids eye contact, and cares more for the stars than he does for people or for anything that happens during the daytime. While with Dr. Vickery, Rooke first reads about New South Wales. Dr. Vickery convinces Major Wyatt that Rooke should be the official astronomer of the First Fleet, and asks that Rooke record a comet in the southern hemisphere.
Dr. Vickery Character Timeline in The Lieutenant
The timeline below shows where the character Dr. Vickery appears in The Lieutenant. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 4
...of England decides that the British territory New South Wales should become a penal colony. Dr. Vickery writes to Rooke and suggests that the expedition—bringing British prisoners to New South Wales—might need... (full context)
...Wales as a fresh start, and thinks he might be the only astronomer to record Dr. Vickery's comet. Rooke knows that ten years ago he would've considered an opportunity like this as... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 3
...forbids him from doing so. Rooke is taken aback and argues, saying that the comet Dr. Vickery predicted is extremely important. Gilbert insists that Rooke can build his observatory closer to the... (full context)
...part of a dedicated scientist in the meantime, so he digs out the meteorological instruments Dr. Vickery provided and sets them up. Rooke sets up his ledgers to record his readings at... (full context)
Part 2, Chapter 8
October arrives, which is the earliest possible month that Rooke might see Dr. Vickery's comet. He spends every night peering through his telescope and carefully scanning the sky. He... (full context)
...compelling narrative. Instead, Rook asks Gardiner for help. Gardiner and Rooke recalculate the track that Dr. Vickery predicted for the comet. Theirs differs slightly from the original, but the comet still doesn't... (full context)
...his telescope for too long. Gardiner catches a fish and suggests that Rooke write to Dr. Vickery about the comet. When Rooke returns to his observatory later, he cooks his fish and... (full context)
Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 5, Chapter 1