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Saville-Kent, William (1845 - 1908)

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Naturalist and Entomologist
Born: 10 July 1845  Sidmouth, Devon, England.  Died: 11 October 1908  Bournemouth, England.
William Saville-Kent was the founder of Australian fisheries science. He worked in several aquaria in England, then came to Australia, where he was Commissioner/Inspector of Fisheries for Tasmania, Queensland and Western Australia in turn. Later in life he had a particular interest in pearl oyster culture.

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Born William Savill Kent on 10 July 1845. Appears to have adopted the name William Saville-Kent ca 1873. Educated at Kings College, where he qualified to enter the Imperial Civil Service. Held various short-term appointments in England, including the British Museum 1868-72 and several aquaria. Inspector of Tasmanian Fisheries 1884-87; Commissioner of Fisheries for Queensland 1889-92; Commissioner of Fisheries for Western Australia 1892-95. Returned to England for the remainder of his life, though probably spent a good deal of the time between 1896 and 1907 in tropical Australia and adjacent areas engaged in pearl oyster culture. President, Royal Society of Queensland, 1889-90. Died 11 October 1908.
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