1922 book

Subject: 1922 book
From: Peter Woodall <>
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 13:32:48 +1000
Hi all

I can add a little more incidental information to this story.

The Queensland Naturalists Club will be celebrating its centenary
in 2006.  Amongst other celebrations we hope to publish, as an issue of the
Queensland Naturalist, a collection of short biographies of prominent
Queensland naturalists, including Alec Chisholm.

I notice (but have yet to read) that Chisholm had his Presidential
Address to the QNC published in the 1922 volume of the Queensland
, entitled "Bird seeking in Queensland; The ornithological history
of Queensland, 1770-1922".

The Queensland Naturalist started publication in 1908 and has a wealth of
historical information on birds, etc.  For example, I have recently referred
to a paper by Noel Jack in the 1938 issue of The Queensland Naturalist in
which he wrote:
  ?Much patient stalking has been necessary to certify that the Australian Raven
 is present at Mt Coot-tha.  Possibly the Crow is also there, but the identification
of these two birds is always a problem in the field, and is not rendered any
easier by their excessive wariness?. 

How times have changed!!

Peter Woodall
(current Editor of The Queensland Naturalist)

At 12:26 PM 16/09/2004 +1000, you wrote:
Hi Gary
I also have a copy of Mateship with birds. It belonged to my grandfather, who acquired it in 1934. The bird photos are really wonderful, but I particularly like the plate opposite the title page. It shows the author on a ladder that is in a cart with a horse in the shafts and a gigantic tripod with a large camera on top set up over the whole contraption. What enormous trouble Alec Chisholm went to to take his photos.
The style of writing is very much of a bygone era and as you say, very readable.
I tried a Google search for Alec H Chisholm and there are many websites that include his name. Some of them are just lists of books, so it might take a bit of wading through to find more about the author.

Gary Blond wrote:
" It is a good thing that Australians, during recent years, have taken a vastly increased interest both in the flora and in the birds of their native land. So far as the birds are concerned, this book will do much to stimulate that interest. Here is a human story, and an entertaining story, written by one who has an accurate knowledge of his subject.

Chisholm is credited in the book as being " Past President Queensland Gould League of Birdlovers, Past President Queensland Naturalists Club, State Hon. Secretary Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union, Co-Editor Queensland Naturalist, etc."
Gary Blond  :>)

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