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Angas, George French (1822 - 1886)

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Naturalist and Artist
Born: 25 April 1822  Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  Died: 8 October 1886  London, England.
George French Angas, a painter by profession, served as Secretary of the Australian Museum, Sydney 1853-60. T. Iredale called him the Father of Australian Conchology.

Career Highlights
Studied under Waterhouse Hawkins, a natural history artist. Arrived Adelaide 1844, accompanied the Governor, Sir George Gray, on expeditions into the country, where he sketched the scenery, aborigines, flora and fauna, held exhibitions of his work in Adelaide and Sydney 1845, England 1845-50, Bathurst Gold Diggings 1851, Secretary and Accountant, Australian Museum 1853-60, supervising the work of classifying and arranging the first public collection of Australian specimens, especially shells, chairman of Angaston District Council, South Australia 1860-63, explored colony for new shells, moths and butterflies 1861-62, England 1863-86. Presented the British Museum with 1500 shells, chiefly Australian, between 1870 and 1886. Wood engravings from his drawings illustrate the journals of John McDouall Stuart (q.v.), published in 1864, and the travels of John Forrest (q.v.), published in 1875.

1844Arrived in Australia (Adelaide)
1853 - 1860Secretary and Accountant at the Australian Museum, New South Wales
1860 - 1863Chairman of Angaston District Council, South Australia
1861 - 1862Explored the Australian colony for new shells, moths and butterflies
1863 - 1886Exploration in England for new shells, moths and butterflies


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 15 March 2005

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