Collection RS165 - Key List of Tasmanian Birds

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Key List of Tasmanian Birds


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1 quarto volume

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Parker was an English electrical engineer . He married Florence Mary Parker O.B.E. (1872-1966) daughter of (Sir) John George Davies, newspaper proprietor on 13 October 1898 at St John's Church, New Town. They built their home Charlton on Roseville land.

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Alexander Morton (1854-1907), museum director and naturalist, was born on 11 September 1854 near New Orleans, United States of America, son of Thomas William Morton, who migrated to Queensland as general manager of the Manchester Queensland Cotton Co. On 25 January 1884 Morton was appointed curator of the Royal Society of Tasmania's museum in Hobart. He was also given charge of its library, which he ordered and catalogued, including a register of all papers published in the society's journal. For more information see:

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Transferred from Royal Society Library

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Key List of Tasmanian Birds, with a method for their easy identification by Parker and Morton.
Typed draft of a' pamphlet' bound and interleaved with blank pages and corrected in ink. - eg the addition of 'By Parker and. Morton' under the title and. the alteration of 'I' to 'we' and: 'procured by myself' to
'procured by Capt. Parker R.N.' in the preface. The 'key' is described in the preface as 'meant for those who are not up in scientific terms'. 'The Systematic List of Tasmanian Birds' by Colonel W.V. Legge (1841-1918) was followed and so the 'Key' was probably compiled between 1900-1907 by Capt. Arthur Charles Parker (c1860-1920) and Alexander Morton (c1854-1920) secretary of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

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