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McCulloch, Allan Riverstone (1885 - 1925)

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Icthyologist and Entomologist
Born: 20 June 1885  Concord, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 1 September 1925  Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America.
Allan Riverstone McCulloch was regarded as one of the most accurate and talented systemic ichthyologists of his time. His love of nature had developed at an early age and when only thirteen he joined the Australian Museum in Sydney as a volunteer. At first McCulloch was employed as a mechanical assistant there and then was sent on dredging operations to discover fish and crustacean species in the ocean's depths (1906). That same year, McCulloch was appointed head of the vertebrates section at the Museum. Throughout his twenty-seven year career at the Museum, McCulloch went on several other expeditions where he collected insects and other creatures, as well as fish. His collections took place in New South Wales, the Great Barrier Reef and many of the islands off the Queensland coast, and at many Pacific Islands. He also wrote numerous articles for the Museum's Records and other journals such as the Australian Zoologist. In the latter journal he published the Check-list of the fish and fish-like animals of New South Wales (1919) which was later re-issued as the Australian Zoological Handbook No 1 (1922). McCulloch was also a talented photographer and draughtsman who contributed illustrations to several other publications.

Career Highlights

1901 - 1906Mechanical Assistant to ER Waite at the Australian Museum in Sydney
1906 - Assistant in charge of vertebrates at the Australian Museum
1906Scientific Assistant on dredging operations off Port Jackson
1918Joined the Australian Imperial Force
1919Check-list of the fish and fish-like animals of New South Wales published and later re-released as the Australian Zoological Handbook No 1 (1922)
1922Expedition to Papua New Guinea
1925Travelled to Hawaii to plan the Pan-Pacific Union's fisheries conference


Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: McCarthy, G.J.
Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 29 January 2007

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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