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Hello COG members and chat line subscribers, I am positing this as I’m sure many of you would be interested in Russell’s latest publication.  Unfortunately I have had to remove the PDF attachment as it is too large, but I’m happy to send it to you individually if you wish.  Jack Holland


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Subject: Birding field guides



We all use field guides and they can tell us a lot, not just about birds but about birding too. I’ve just published an article on the history of Australian field guides up to Slater’s in 1970 – there were more than you might imagine. It’s in Australian Field Ornithology and you can access it here: .  In case you can’t access it, I’ve attached a PDF.


Hope you enjoy it



Russell McGregor
Adjunct Professor of History
College of Arts, Society and Education
James Cook University

My latest book, Idling in Green Places: A life of Alec Chisholm, was shortlisted for the 2020 National Biography Award.

My latest Conversation piece is on what the extinction of the Paradise Parrot means to us today:

My latest article, in Historical Records of Australian Science, takes a look at Australia’s first field guide, J. A. Leach’s An Australian Bird Book:



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