Who Is This Australian Ornithologist

To: Chris Shaw <>
Subject: Who Is This Australian Ornithologist
From: Russell Woodford <>
Date: Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:03:13 +0000
Thanks for the article, Chris. What a fascinating pioneer! He also worked
closely with Charles Bean. Interesting that when he offered his services at
the start of WWII, both the British and Australian military rejected him
because of his age - so he worked extensively for the US military!

Apart from a couple of biographies, there are dozens of newspaper articles
about him - have a look at Trove (my favourite time-sink)

How have we neglected this outstanding pioner? I don't recall his name
coming up in Australian history courses. Maybe he should be the subjevct of
the next Fitzsimons book ...

Russell Woodford

On 30 November 2015 at 14:57, Chris Shaw <> wrote:

> One of the unsung and unknown Australians, largely. I’m sure many of you
> know him but I suspect many don’t. I’ve given a bit of a biography of him
> from books and articles I’ve been reading. Do you know of him and what he
> did… and he was much more than just an ornithologist.
> Chris Shaw
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