Australian Bird Finding Guides

Subject: Australian Bird Finding Guides
From: Blake Maybank <>
Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2006 10:52:21 -0300
Hello from Canada;

I am researching an article on the history and future of Bird Finding and Birding Guides, and while I have managed to obtain a fairly comprehensive listing of the earliest such books for the United States, Canada, the U.K., and Europe, I have very little knowledge for Australia and surrounding countries. The earliest I have found is:

Birds and Where to Watch Them in New South Wales  by Roy Wheeler, 1987

I am sure there must be earlier ones. For your reference here are the earliest for other countries or regions:

A Guide to Bird Finding East of the Mississippi by Olin Sewall Pettingill, 1951 (U.S.A.)

Finding Birds in Mexico by Ernest Edwards, 1955

Where to Watch Birds by John Gooders, 1967  (United Kingdom)

Where to Find the Birds in Nova Scotia, by the Nova Scotia Bird Society, 1968 (Canada)

"Fagellokaler i Sverige" (Birding Sites in Sweden), Swedish Society for Nature Conservation, 1972

Where to Watch Birds in Europe by John Gooders, 1974

Can anyone assist me with the names and details of similarly early titles from Australia and environs?

All the best, and good birding,

Blake Maybank
Editor, "Nova Scotia Birds"

author, "Birding Sites of Nova Scotia"

144 Bayview Drive
White's Lake, Nova Scotia,
B3T 1Z1, Canada

(902) 852-2077  

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