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Keartland, George Arthur (1848 - 1926)

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Naturalist and Ornithologist
Born: 11 June 1848  Wellingborough, Northamptonshire, England.  Died: 21 May 1926  Preston, Victoria, Australia.
George Arthur Keartland was a naturalist with a keen interest in ornithology. His two main field trips were in 1894 from South Australia to the Northern Territory and in 1896-1897 to north-west Australia. Keartland complied many outstanding collections during his trips and these are now housed across Australia and at the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. He also wrote many articles and notes on birds, many of which were printed in the Victorian Naturalist. Keartland Hills in Western Australia and the bird Keartlandís (Grey headed) Honeyeater are named after him. George Keartland worked as a photographer and compositor for Melbourneís Age newspaper for over fifty years to support his naturalist studies.

Career Highlights

1850Migrated to Australia (Melbourne) with family
1871 - Member of the Melbourne Typographical Society
1894Field Ornathologist on the Horn expedition from Oodnadatta (South Australia) to MacDonnell Ranges (Northern Territory)
1896 - 1897Field Ornathologist on the Calvert expedition to north-west Australia
1900Co-founder of the (Royal) Australasian Ornithologists' Union
1907 - 1909President of the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 4 July 2005

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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