Collection RS128 - List of Tasmanian fish

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List of Tasmanian fish


  • c1870-1876 (Creation)

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1 manuscript notebook + coloured photocopy in folder

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Morton Allport (1830-1878), naturalist and solicitor, was born on 4 December 1830 and baptized at Aldridge, Staffordshire, England, the eldest child of Joseph Allport and his wife Mary Morton, née Chapman. When twelve months old he arrived at Hobart Town with his parents in the Platina. He was educated under Rev. John Gell at the Queen's School and by Rev. Thomas Ewing. He was articled to his father in the firm of Allport & Roberts and later became a partner. On 21 June 1852 he was admitted to the Bar. Except for an overseas tour in 1852-55 he lived in Tasmania where he was regarded as one of the most successful of those educated in the colony. He was a leading figure in bringing salmon to Tasmania; indeed it was he who was in touch with the experts in England and not Sir James Youl who made most of the arrangements for their dispatch. In 1866 he became one of the first salmon commissioners. He was also responsible for introducing other European fish into Tasmania. For more information see:

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List of Tasmanian fish by M. Allport (n.d. c1870-1876)
Includes also "List of Tasmanian fish sent to Dr. Gunther, British Museum, per ship "Windward", March, 1874" ; List of Tasmanian
saltwater fish sent to the Royal Museum of National History, Brussels by Mr. Morton Allport, March, 1874" ;"Dr. Gunther's list 2nd
collection", and letters :-British Museum 12 Oct., 1872 ("thank you and Mrs. Meredith for ... 6 plates of Tasmanian fishes. I return them as requested ..." ; 2 May, 1875, report on fish received - a salmo trutta taken in Derwent estuary, having "in its stomach eight anchovies, a diet which will account for the rapid growth of salmonoids in your waters but which will not improve the flavour of their flesh", surprised that Tasmanian anchovies not yet turned to same use as in Europe; whip-tails - macronurus Novae Zelandiae : 8 Apr., 1876 : further report on collection sent - included new genus (No. 18 in list: "No local name. See 40 in book and drawing by Mrs. Allport.

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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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