Guide to the Papers of Sir Maurice Yonge (as filmed by the AJCP)


M2844 - M2846

National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record

Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Yonge, Charles Maurice, Sir
Papers of Sir Maurice Yonge (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
23 November 1926 - 30 September 1986
Collection Number
M2844 - M2846
112 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Diaries, notebooks, research notes, correspondence, drafts and other papers relating to the Great Barrier Reef expedition and Yonge's extensive travels and research on corals and molluscs. Some of the diaries were kept by his wife Martha, who accompanied him on the Great Barrier Reef expedition.

Correspondents include David Stoddart, G.R. Orme, R.D. Purchon, H.C. Richards and A. Ben-Tuvia.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

Many of the records digitised as part of the AJCP are still in copyright. Readers wishing to publish or reproduce documents should seek permission, in the first instance, from the owner of the original material.

Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

Citation items from this collection should include references to the location of the original material and to the AJCP nla.obj number, which serves as the online identifier for the digital copy.

Example: M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Material selectively filmed at the British Museum (Natural History), London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1993 (AJCP Reels: M2844-2846). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

General Library, British Museum (Natural History). South Kensington, London. For further information: Sir Maurice Yonge at the British Museum (

Existence and Location of Copies

The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.

For further material on the Great Barrier Reef Expedition see also:

Director of British Museum (Natural History) Case and Policy Files DF 1004/CP 436 M 2526.

Keeper of Zoology Archives DF 214 M 2607-2609.

Finding-aid Notes

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP). The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.


Australia; Ben-Tuvia, A.; Coral and coral reefs; Great Barrier Reef Expedition; Mollusca; Orme, G.R.; Purchon, R. Denison; Richards, H.C.; Stoddart, David; Yonge, Martha, Lady; Yonge, Sir Maurice; Zoology


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 509, p197.

Biographical / Historical

Charles Maurice Yonge (1899-1986) was the son of John Yonge, headmaster of Silcoates School, Wakefield. He studied forestry at Edinburgh University, but became interested while there in zoology. After graduating he went to the Marine Biological Association at Plymouth and worked on oysters. He also worked in Naples, Norway, Sweden and France. In 1927 he was offered the Balfour Studentship at Cambridge. At this time an expedition to the Great Barrier Reef was being proposed and Yonge was appointed leader. A total budget of £8580-5s was allocated for a party of 12 for 13 months in Australia. A small laboratory was set up and the team of young experts studied sea water plankton, the reef structure and corals. Yonge had recently married Dr Martha Jane Lennox and she accompanied the expedition as the medical officer.

The Yonges returned to Plymouth, but in 1933 he became Professor of Zoology at Bristol University. He continued to travel extensively, working on corals and molluscs. In 1944 he was appointed Regius Professor of Zoology at Glasgow University, shortly afterwards his first wife died.

He was elected to the Royal Society in 1946 and made a CBE in 1954. He retired in 1964 and was knighted in 1967. He served on the Council of the Royal Society and awarded its Darwin medal in 1968. After retirement he lived in Edinburgh and continued his research and travels. He was the author of A Year on the Great Barrier Reef (1930); Oysters (1960).

Item Descriptions

Series A. Diaries, 14 July 1956 - 28 May 1979

7 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2844.

Subseries A4. Notes, 14 July 1956 - 10 August 1956

1 item
Notes on trip to Singapore and Malacca. (5p.), 14 July 1956 - 10 August 1956 (File)

Subseries A13. Notes, 13 January 1965 - 27 March 1965

1 item
Notes on trip to Singapore, Te Vega, Sarawak, Sandakan, Palau Gaya, Rabaul, Duke of York Island, Honiara, Nadi, Tahiti. (21 p.), 13 January 1965 - 27 March 1965 (File)

Subseries A15. Notes, 17 September 1967 - 22 October 1967

1 item
Notes on trip to Australia, Honolulu. (9p.), 17 September 1967 - 22 October 1967 (File)

Subseries A21. Notes, 6 August 1971 - 4 September 1971

1 item
Notes on trip to Australia. (9p.), 6 August 1971 - 4 September 1971 (File)

Subseries A26. Notes, 28 November 1975 - 20 December 1975

1 item
Notes on trip to Australia, Lizard Island. (8p.), 28 November 1975 - 20 December 1975 (File)

Subseries A28. Notes, 29 December 1977 - 15 February 1978

1 item
Notes on trip to Australia, Perth, Low Islands. (14p.), 29 December 1977 - 15 February 1978 (File)

Subseries A 29. Notes, 15 May 1979 - 28 May 1979

1 item
Notes on trip to Sydney for Mollusca Symposium. (5p.), 15 May 1979 - 28 May 1979 (File)

Series B. Notebooks, September 1927 - 18 October 1967

22 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2844.

Great Barrier Reef Expedition, September 1927 (File B1)

Press cuttings from British newspapers re Great Barrier Reef Expedition, many noting the fact that Mrs Yonge was to accompany her husband. (29p.)

Journal kept by Mattie J. Yonge, 28 May 1928 - 11 July 1928 (File B2)


Subjects include: voyage to Toulon; Naples; Port Said; monsoon; Colombo; deck sports; Cocos Keeling Islands; concert by crew; fancy dress ball; Fremantle; Adelaide -'a very nice town but still an unfinished look about it'; Melbourne; visit to Botanical Gardens; Mt Dandenong; Sydney- 'quite a nice town but very dirty compared with Melbourne…we saw the new bridge which is in the process of construction - it'll be a wonderful bridge when completed'; Brisbane - civic reception; Great Barrier Reef luncheon 'food consisted of turtle soup and other foods obtainable from Reef'; train to Cairns.

Subseries B3. Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 26 May 1928 - 17 May 1929

7 items
Journal kept by M.J.Yonge and others, 26 May 1928 - 5 August 1929 (File)

Subjects include: list of party who left St Pancras; arrival at Fremantle; receptions at Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney; Brisbane; Cairns; launch to Low Islands; settling in at base; arranging laboratory; dredging; boat parties; construction of aquarium; examination of marine specimens; weather; packing up; Heron Island.


Log of boat party's cruise on Magneta, 25 February 1929 - 2 March 1929 (File)
Log of dredging party's cruise, March 1929 (File)
Log of Magneta cruise, 17 March 1929 - 18 March 1929 (File)
Diary of Three Isles trip, 1 May 1929 - 17 May 1929 (File)
Report of Mary D.Glynne, 9 April 1929 - 30 April 1929 (File)
Duties allotted to members of the expedition, 7 August 1928 - 20 September 1928 (File)

Subseries B4. Mattie J. Yonge. Letter and orderbook, 18 July 1928 - 25 May 1929

1 item
Carbon copy of diary kept by Mattie Yonge, 18 July 1928 - 25 May 1929 (File)

(45p., p 16 blank, faint in places.)

Subjects include: journey to Low Islands from Cairns; welcome from Lighthouse keepers and families; quarters; her duties as medical officer; beauty of the coral; trips on Luana to Great Barrier Reef; turtle meat; Thursday Island - met by Mr O'Leary; trip to Badu; dancing display by local scouts; visit to school; Murray Islands - met by councillors 'red jerseys with councillor embroidered across the front'; fertility of Murray Islands; visit to school; collecting corals; death feast for Jimmy Rice; Coconut Island; Quetta memorial church on Thursday Island; buying of pearl shell from luggers; Japanese pearl merchant; met Lord and Lady Goodwin.

Subseries B5. Barrier Reef Expedition, 23 April 1929 - 21 May 1929

2 items


Pages. 1-54, trip to Torres Straits, 23 April 1929 - 21 May 1929 (File [A])

Journal kept by C.M.Yonge

Subjects include: voyage from Cairns to Thursday Island on Taiping; pearling industry 'in all cases boats run by Japanese who do all diving'; divers get all pearls found; boat building industry; beche de mer all exported to China; trochus 'a lucrative trade and increasing'; turtles; dugongs; Aboriginal boats; trip to Badu on Goodwill with C.Harman; the store; Papuan Industries Ltd; boy scouts; Murray Islands; collecting on reef; native houses; the people; fishing industry.

Pages. 96 - [128] extracts from literature on Torres Straits and pearling (File [B])

Subseries B11. Singapore and Malaya, 19 July 1956 - 9 August 1956

1 item


Subjects include: visits to fishery officers; Kelong; Tanglin Club, Singapore; Malacca; Kuala Lumpur; meeting with Minister of Agriculture; fish traps at Ambai; Penang; carp; Sungei Bulch leper settlement.

At back: notes, references, itinerary; 20 July 1956 Donald Niven (Malacca) to Yonge re fishery programme in Malacca.

Journal and rough notes of trip to South East Asia by Yonge and C.F.Hickling, 19 July 1956 - 9 August 1956 (File)

Subseries B15. Research notes Te Vega, January 1965 - March 1965

(47p and index at back).

Subjects include: pinctada; lima; malleus; spondylus; pedium; area.

Subseries B16. Journal Te Vega expedition, 9 January 1965 - 12 March 1965

6 items


At front: Press cuttings and notes on Solomon Islands (File [A])
At front: List of members of Te Vega expedition to Caroline Islands (File [B])
At front: Journal, 9 January 1965 - 17 February 1965 (File [C])

Subjects include: journey to Singapore and boarding Te Vega; marine fauna seen from boat; Sandakan 'very bright town'; Zamboanga; flora and fauna of sandy island; crew celebrate Chinese New Year; Japanese pearl culture station on P.Bohaydulong; P.Gaya.

At front: Visit to Kieta, description of Pak Pak village; natives, fauna, 7 - 12 March (File [D])
At back: Notes on study of clam bed on Palau Gaya, 30 January 1965 - 3 February 1965 (File [E])
At back: Notes on general fauna of P.Gaya (File [F])

Subseries B18. Notes during visit to Australia, 17 September 1967 - 18 October 1967

2 items


Itinerary, 17 September 1967 - 18 October 1967 (File [A])

Edinburgh/Brisbane/Cairns/Lizard Island/Yonge Reef/ Nymph Island/Careelah/Cairns/Low Island/Brisbane/Edinburgh.

Research notes on marine fauna, and sketch maps of reefs (File [B])

Series C. Research, 1928 - 3 December 1980

20 items

This section comprises very extensive documentation of sixty years' research in marine biology. The contents of Yonge's folders include correspondence, notes on literature, field observations, experimental data, drafts of papers and lectures, drawings, figures, photographs and printed matter.

Listed here are those folders which can be identified as being directly concerned with Great Barrier Reef and Pacific research.

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2845.

Subseries C14-17. Gastropoda Vermetus Pterocera

Research work related to Great Barrier Reef Expedition.

Copy complete (104p.)

Items of interest include:

P.Lambis Trochus Vermetus (C14)

Notes on feeding and digestion in Pterocera and Vermetus (Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 1928 - 29, Scientific Reports vol.1 no.10.) (C15.)

Notes on mantle cavity, pedal gland and evolution of mucous feeding in the Vermetidae. (C16).

Subseries C20-23. Great Barrier Reef Expedition

2 items

Includes Proof plates, lectures, drawings.

Respiration of Corals in relation to Photosynthesis of their contained Zooxanthellae. (5p.) (File C22)
Great Barrier Reef of Australia: draft lecture. (7p.) (File C23)

Subseries C159-160. Tridacnidae, 20 March 1974 - 28 June 1975

2 items


Select from C160

Steve Jameson (Guam) to Yonge, 20 March 1974 (File C160)

Re work on Tridacna maxima. (2p.)

Keith S.Chambers (Wellington) to Yonge, 28 June 1975 (File C160)

Re Giant clams on Nanumea, Ellice Islands, their importance to the islanders, how and why they died out, traditional explanations. (3p.)

Subseries C207. Heteranomia, 1 June 1977

1 item
Alan Bell (DSIR, Lower Hutt) to Yonge, 1 June 1977 (File)

re his work to revise Australian living Anomiidae. (1p.)

Subseries C226-230. Anomiacea General, 25 January 1962 - 2 May 1975

3 items


Select from C230.

Correspondence between S.H.Chuang (Singapore) and Yonge (Glasgow), 25 January 1962 - 15 February 1962 (File C230)

re Placuna shells in Malaya and their use in furniture making. (3p.)

Brian Bayne (Kuala Lumpur and Plymouth) to Yonge, 21 June 1971 - 19 September 1972 (File C230)

re his work on Enigmonia in the mangrove swamps of Malaya. (4p.)

R.K.Dell (Wellington) to Yonge, 2 May 1975 (File C230)

re Monia Zeylanica. (1p.)

Subseries C266-272. Bivalvia Pteriacea Malleus and Isognomon, 1965 - 1968

Notes, drawings, correspondence, photographs, draft article re work on Te Vega expedition to Pacific.

Items of interest include:

Borneo Pearls: brochure of Borneo Pearl Co. Ltd., Japan (C267)

Correspondence with Donald Costello (Woods Hole), and Robert Robertson (Philadelphia) re publishing paper on Malleus (C268)

Form and habit in species of Malleus including the 'Hammer Oysters' with comparative observations on Isognomon Isognomon. (C269)


Although listed, negative film and slides were not filmed by the AJCP

Subseries C300-306. Fungid coral Lizard Island, December 1975

1 item
Notes draft articles, sketches re trip to Lizard Island. (29p., paginations erratic) (File C300-301)

Subseries C328-332. Thraciidae etc., 15 August 1978 - 27 September 1978

1 item


Select from C328.

Correspondence with Bruce Runnegar (Armidale) re work on mollusca. (5p.), 15 August 1978 - 27 September 1978 (File C328)

Subseries C347-349. Cardiacea Hemidonax, 12 October 1976 - 12 October 1979

1 item

Correspondence, drawings and draft paper 'The Taxonomic position of Hemidonax March, 1871 with a review of the genus (Bivalvia Cardiacea)' by Yonge, W.F.Ponder, P.H.Colman and M.H.Colman. (C349).

Correspondence between Yonge, Phil Colman, and Winston F.Ponder (Australian Museum, Sydney), 12 October 1976 - 20 December 1979 (File C347)

re work on Hemidonax, (10p.)

Subseries C350-355. Cardiacea. Cardidai Corculum, 22 June 1976 - 7 October 1976

1 item

Notes, correspondence, drawings, photographs, reprints.

Correspondence with Mrs S.M.Slack-Smith (Western Australian Museum, Perth) and S.H.Chuang (Singapore). (11p.), 22 June 1976 - 7 October 1976 (File C350)

Subjects include: exchange of specimens; proposed expedition to Cocos Keeling Islands; Chuang's field work in West Malaysia; spread of Corculum cardissa; reclamation work on reef flats of Singapore detrimental to bivalves; marine work in the Kimberleys.

Subseries C356. Loans etc Anomalodesmata Cardiacea, 1976 - 1980

1 item
Loan forms and correspondence from National Museum of Victoria and Australian Museum, (6p.), 1976 - 1980 (File)

Subseries C359-364. Dimyidae and Plicatula, 28 December 1977 - 9 January 1978

1 item

Notes, correspondence, drawings, reprints.


Select from C359.

Yonge ( to Alastair re visit to Australia; working conditions. (2p., carbons), 28 December 1977 - 9 January 1978 (File C359)

Subseries C370-371. Hemipecten North Australia, 8 May 1978 - 3 January 1980


Includes drawings and photographs and correspondence with Shirley M. Slack-Smith (Western Australian Museum) and J.E.N.Veron (Townsville) re joint work on coral-dwelling pectinid.

Subseries C557-560. Press reviews of 'A year on the Great Barrier Reef', 1931

(c90 cuttings)

Includes: cuttings from Australian, British and American newspapers.

Transcript of broadcast on 4QG Brisbane by J.F.Doyle of McLeods Bookstore (28/04/1931)

Subseries C561-562. Press cuttings

(c50 cuttings)

Press cuttings from British and Australian newspapers on the Great Barrier Reef Expedition. 1928.

Subseries C563-564. Miscellaneous, 11 June 1928 - 1934


Items of interest include:

Christmas cards from Matthew Nathan. (n.d., 1933-1934).

Ormonde Racing Club Indian Ocean Summer Meeting Official programme. (11 June 1928).

M.V.O'Meara (Low Islands) acknowledges receipt of book; thanks for mentioning his name and the other lighthouse keepers. (n.d).

Carl Vidgen (Thursday Island) re life on the island, visit to Salt water; cutting sugar cane; pearl shell industry. (21 October 1929).

Alex Wishart (Brisbane) re trip to Bundaberg, sailing up coast, Whitsunday Islands, struck rocks at Port Clinton; working on his boat; news of Moorhouse. (7 November 1929).

Harry Mossman (Yarrabah Mission) acknowledges receipt of book. (18 February 1931).

Series D. Societies and organisations, 22 July 1969 - 5 October 1977

15 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2846.

Subseries D8-22. Royal Society/Universities of Queensland Expedition to Great Barrier Reef, 22 July 1969 - 5 October 1977

15 items


Correspondence and papers, 22 July 1969 - 11 August 1969 (File D8)

Re visit of Stoddart to Queensland.


Stoddart (Auckland) to Yonge (11/08/1969); Re warring factions in Queensland 'there were some rather difficult moments, as so many people seem to be at each other's throats'; visit to Heron Island and its facilities.

2 other letters between Stoddart and Yonge.

Report on Stoddart's visit (22/07/1969-04/08/1969).

Summary of plans for the proposed Brisbane-based geophysical party, sent to Yonge, 1 May 1970 - 13 May 1970 (File D9)
1 item


G.R.Orme (St Lucia) to Stoddart (01/05/1970); re a phased expedition, encloses list of equipment.

Draft and final applications for financial support for the expedition, July 1977 (File D10)
Correspondence, 29 October 1971 - 13 January 1972 (File D11)
1 items

Items of interest include:

C. Burdon Jones (Douglas) to Stoddart re participants. (29 October 1971).

Stoddart (Cambridge) to Yonge re problems with Queensland participants. (23 November 1971).

C.S. Davis (St Lucia) to Royal Society re grants. (13 January 1972).

Revised programme and budget, January 1973 (File D12)
Correspondence and papers, February 1973 - April 1973 (File D13)

Correspondents include: G.R.Orme (St Lucia); Keith Williams (St Lucia); C.Burdon Jones (Townsville).

Subjects include: inviting Duke of Edinburgh to visit expedition; charter of Odyssey; assistance from Royal Australian Navy.

Includes Phase III Amended Provisional Timetable

Correspondence, May 1973 (File D14)

Correspondents include: D.R.Stoddart (Cambridge); G.R.Orme (St Lucia); Sir Zelman Cowen.

Subjects include: arrangements; personnel; James Kirby programme; finance; official support.

Includes: Revised programme and budget, June 1973.

Correspondence, 26 June 1973 - 26 October 1973 (File D15)
2 items
Letters from Stoddart in Queensland, 26 June 1973 - 26 October 1973 (Item [A])

Re expedition - 'all is going astonishingly well'; accident to Peter Gibbs; 'it has all been a tremendous success'.

Sir David Martin (Royal Society) to Yonge, 25 July 1973 (Item [B])

Enclosing copies of correspondence with Stoddard and University of Queensland re financial situation.

Report on Phase 1, 16 July 1973 - 19 August 1973 (File D16)
Great Barrier Reef Expedition (File D17)

Subcommittee of the Southern Zone Research Committee of Royal Society minutes, 10 January 1974 and 13 November 1973 and papers.

Summary of financial transactions on the expedition account, 1 January 1974 (File D18)
Correspondence, 28 March 1974 - 9 January 1976 (File D19)
3 items
S.A.Rayner (St Lucia) to Stoddart, 28 March 1974 (Item)

re loses and damage to Department of Geology and Mineralogy equipment.

Stoddart to Rayner re settling this account, 2 April 1974 (Item)
Stoddart (Cambridge) to Yonge, 9 January 1976 (Item)

re papers and reports resulting from expedition 'in spite of some of our Australian colleagues'.

Correspondence re publication of results and papers, 10 May 1977 - 5 October 1977 (File D20)

Correspondents include: D.R.Stoddart (Cambridge); G.R.Orme (St Lucia); C.M.Yonge.

Summary report by D.R.Stoddart, n.d. (File D21)
3 maps (File D22)

Series E. Correspondence, 23 November 1926 - 30 August 1979

32 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

All correspondence to Yonge unless noted.

Correspondence, 22 November 1926 - 22 December 1926 (File E3)

1 item
T.C.Roughley (Sydney), 23 Nov, 22 Dec (Item)

Re his work on feeding of oysters

Correspondence, 15 February 1927 - 3 May 1927 (File E4)

1 item
T.C.Roughley (Sydney), 15 February 1927 - 3 May 1927 (Item)

Re work on oysters

Correspondence, 3 December 1951 - 19 December 1951 (File E7)

2 items
R.D.Purchon (Singapore), 3 December 1951 (Item)

Re paper on Pholadidae

Yonge (Glasgow) to Purchon, 19 December 1951 (Item)


Correspondence, 20 February 1952 (File E8)

1 item
M.W.F.Tweedie (Singapore) to W.J.Rees BM(NH), 20 February 1952 (Item)

Re collecting Malleus albus for Professor Yonge

Correspondence, 11 June 1953 - 30 July 1953 (File E9)

2 items
Pilgrim (Christchurch) re work on shell of Diplodon, 11 June 1953 (Item)
Yonge (Glasgow) to Pilgrim ack, 30 July 1953 (Item)


Correspondence, 7 January 1954 - 1 July 1954 (File E10)

6 items
R.D.Purchon (Singapore), 7 January 1954 (Item)

Re reorganisation of zoology department

R.D.Purchon (Singapore), 8 March 1954 (Item)

Re work on Brechites

Yonge to Purchon, 15 March 1954 (Item)

Acknowledgement and his marriage

R.D.Purchon (Singapore), 12 April 1954 (Item)

Re work on Brechites.

R.D.Purchon (Singapore), 12 May 1954 - 23 June 1954 (Item)

Re his work; a collection of Anomiidae from mangrove regions; requesting Yonge act as external examiner for Chuang Shou Hwa.

Yonge (Glasgow) to Purchon, 1 July 1954 (Item)

Re Lingula

Correspondence, 8 July 1964 - 15 July 1964 (File E15)

2 items
Yonge (Glasgow) to Captain G.M.Lindeman that sending his letter to Duncan Waugh, 8 July 1964 (Item)
G.M.Lindeman (Lemontree Passage) re his work, 15 July 1964 (Item)

Correspondence, 3 May 1966 - 23 August 1966 (File E20)

3 items
A.Ben-Tuvia (FAO, Rome), 23 August 1966 (Item)

re request from Cook Islands on information on introducing Tridacna to Rarotonga Lagoon.

Ronald Dowell (Rarotonga) to FAO, 3 May 1966 (Item)

re cultivation of Tridacna clams.


Very poor xerox

A Ben-Tuvia (Rome) to Powell that little is known on the subject, 23 May 1966 (Item)


Very poor xerox

Correspondence, 25 November 1969 (File E27)

1 item
Lawrence Delacey (Auckland), 25 November 1969 (Item)

re his work on systematics of the Anisomyaria with Professor Morton.

Correspondence, 13 January 1970 (File E29)

1 item
Yonge to Delacey (Auckland) sending reprints, 13 January 1970 (Item)

Correspondence, 6 August 1971 - 30 December 1971 (File E34)

4 items
Yonge to Winston Ponder (Australian Museum), 6 September 1971 (Item)

re Yonge's trip to Australia

Winston Ponder (Sydney) re meeting Yonge in Australia, 14 September 1971 (Item)
Jacques Voorwinde (Australian Museum), 7 December 1971 (Item)

re his work on Western Pacific Carbulidae.

Yonge to Voorwinde re sexual dimorphism in bivalve shells, 30 December 1971 (Item)

Correspondence, 18 January 1972 - 27 March 1972 (File E35)

2 items
Bruce Runnegar (Armidale) re his application to Royal Society, 18 January 1972 (Item)
Jacques Voorwinde (Sydney), 27 March 1972 (Item)

re sexual dimorphism in Carbulidae.

Correspondence, 1972 (File E36)

1 item
Projects being undertaken in the Department of Malacology of the Australian Museum (cyclostyled), 1972 (Item)

Correspondence, 21 February 1974 - 30 December 1974 (File E38)

4 items
Stephen C.Jameson (Guam) re work on giant clam, 21 February 1974 (Item)
Winston Ponder (Sydney) re trip to UK, 1 August 1974 (Item)
Steve Jameson (Guam) re field trip to Palau, 7 October 1974 (Item)
Alain Soula (Takapoto, Fr Polynesia), 30 December 1974 (Item)

re production of Mother of Pearl oyster from Lagoon of Takapoto.

Correspondence, 12 March 1975 - 30 November 1975 (File E39)

3 items
David [Barnes] (Townsville) that settling in at Australian Institute of Marine Science, 12 March 1975 (Item)
R.D.Purchon (London), 20 March 1975 (Item)

Enclosing report of his visit to West Malaysia to study marine shelled mollusca, August 1973 - September 1974. (8p.)

R.D.Purchon (London) re Malaysia and Yonge's trip to Lizard Island, 30 November 1975 (Item)

Correspondence, 13 January 1976 - 9 December 1976 (File E40)

5 items
David [Barnes] (Townsville), 13 January 1976 (Item)

Re life at Townsville; building a house, research, 'AIMS is gradually sorting itself out. It is still an unhappy place.'

Charles A.Fleming (DSIR, Lower Hutt), 27 February 1976 (Item)

Re work on local species of Limatula

Winston Ponder (Australian Museum), 13 May 1976 (Item)

Re re comments on his paper

R.W.O'Brien (Sydney University), 29 November 1976 (Item)

Re work on Tridacna Maxima.

Alan Beu (DSIR, Lower Hutt), 9 December 1976 (Item)

Re work on Australian living and fossil species of Anomia.

Correspondence, 24 January 1977 - 13 May 1977 (File E41)

2 items
Winston Ponder (Australian Museum), 24 January 1977 (Item)

Re specimens of Patro; visit to Heron Island.

Fred Wells (Western Australian Museum), 13 May 1977 (Item)

Re work on pteropods

Correspondence, 2 May 1978 (File E42)

1 item
Cyril B J (James Cook University), 2 May 1978 (Item)

Re specimens of Trisidos; family news.

Correspondence, 15 June 1979 - 30 November 1979 (File E44)

5 items
Alan Butler (Adelaide), 15 June 1979 (Item)

Re publication

Winston Ponder (Australian Museum), 9 July 1979 (Item)

Re symposium

P.Dinamani (Wellington), 13 July 1979 (Item)

Re his work on oysters; encloses photograph.

P.Dinamani (Wellington), 17 August 1979 (Item)

Re work on oysters.

Jack A.Grant Mackie (Auckland), 30 August 1979 (Item)

Re publications.

Correspondence (File E47)

1 item
D.F.McMichael (Australian Museum) (Item)

Re his resignation from Australian Museum to accept directorship of Australian Conservation Foundation Inc. (cyclostyled)

Subseries E48-60. Correspondence re Great Barrier Reef Expedition, 5 January 1927 - 20 January 1970

12 items

Correspondence re arrangements for the Great Barrier Expedition, including the invitation to Yonge to lead it, and correspondence arising from the Expedition and publication of reports.


Correspondence leading up to appointment as leader, 5 January 1927 - 16 May 1927 (File E48)

Correspondents include: H.C.Richards (Brisbane); F.A.Potts (Cambridge); J.Stanley Gardiner (Cambridge).

Correspondence leading up to appointment as leader, 10 June 1927 - September 1927 (File E49)

Correspondents include: F.A.Potts (Cambridge); J.Stanley Gardiner (Cambridge); George Bidder (Cambridge).

Correspondence, 12 July 1928 - 6 July 1929 (File E50)

Items of interest include:

Welcoming cable from Governor [Goodwin]. (12 July 1928).

Exports of Marine produce from Thursday Island in 1928. (31 December 1928).

H.C. Richards (Themistodes, Great Australian Bight) re voyage; meeting with Premier Moore. (20 June 1929).

George Agnew (Murray Island) re reception given to Governor's party; shoal of sardines. (6 July 1929).

Correspondence, 11 February 1931 - 10 December 1931 (File E51)

Items of interest include:

H.C.Richards (Brisbane) re Yonge's book on Great Barrier Reef. (11 February 1931).

Frank Moorhouse (Nerang) sending specimens; work on fish. (30 July 1931).

E.O.Marks (Brisbane) re writings on Great Barrier Reef; future work on Great Barrier Reef. (11 November 1931, 10 December 1931).

E.A.Cullen (Brisbane) re huts and scientific equipment on Low Islands. (23 November 1931).

Correspondence, 24 May 1932 - 27 October 1932 (File E52)

Items of interest include:

Frank Moorhouse (Brisbane) re dismantling camp on Low Islands; his work in Moreton Bay on sea mullet. (24 May 1932).

J.Stanley Gardiner (Cambridge) re publishing work on Yonge Reef. (7 July 1932).

R.Sewell (Guildford) re Stephenson's account of structure of different reefs in GBR; importance of Yonge's reef. (23 July 1932).

Frank Moorhouse (Brisbane) re trip to Low Islands; due to lack of support he has resigned. (27 October 1932).

Correspondence, 15 March 1934 (File E53)

F.Moorhouse 15 March 1934 (Woody Island) to E.O.Marks re cyclone damage to Low Islands; 'Low Island that used to be such a picture, now looks like a drunkard's home.'

Correspondence, 22 February 1935 - 9 July 1936 (File E54)

Items of interest include:

E.O.Marks (Brisbane) re proposal to establish an award medal for scientific work on Great Barrier Reef. (22 May 1935).

H.C. Richards (Brisbane) to J. Stanley Gardiner (Cambridge) re financial problems hindering further work on Great Barrier Reef. (Copy). (19 June 1936).

Yonge to Richards re Gardiner's attitude to present Great Barrier Reef Expedition. (9 July 1936).

Correspondence, 9 March 1939 - 31 March 1939 (File E55)

Items of interest include:

H.C. Richards (Brisbane) re current work on Great Barrier Reef. (9 March 1939, 31 March 1939).

Dr Hill and Owen Jones (Brisbane) re work on Heliolitidae. (31 March 1939).

Correspondence, 19 December 1969 - 20 January 1970 (File E56)
1 item
Correspondence with A.Disteche (Liege), 19 December 1969 - 20 January 1970 (Item)

re book on Great Barrier Reef by B.Gorshy and film. Includes transcript of English commentary on film of Great Australian Barrier Reef.

Correspondence, 23 June 1971 - 6 June 1973 (File E57)

Items of interest include;

Correspondence with B.F.L.Crommelin (Commonwealth Crown Solicitor, Brisbane) re Royal commission on Petroleum drilling in Great Barrier Reef.(23/06/1971-31/08/1971); Includes statement by Yonge to the Commision on posible ecology effects of drilling.

Correspondence with John Heyer (London) re his film on Great Barrier Reef (26/08/1972-30/08/1972)

Programme for International Symposium on coral reefs. Australia. (07/1973)

Miscellaneous, 11 June 1932 - May 1934 (File E59)

Items of interest include:

List of persons and institutions to receive copies of the Great Barrier Reef Expedition Scientific Reports.

Items of interest include; Proof copy of article for Discovery.

T.A.Stephenson (Capetown) comments on Stanley Gardiner's review in Nature of Great Barrier Reef reports. (11 June 1932).

2 photographs showing cyclone damage on Low Islands after May 1934.


Miscellaneous, 2 May 1928 - 27 September 1928 (File E60)


Tourist brochure re Great Barrier Reef.

'Life on Low Islands'The Queenslander 27 September 1928.

Orient Line Cabin passengers' contract ticket for Dr and Mrs Yonge 2 May 1928

Series F. Non Print Material, 1964 - 1973

2 items

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2846.

Copy Only F79 and F126.

Subseries F76-79. Te Vega Expedition, 1964 - 1967

1 item

Photographs and memorabilia

Te Vega Expedition, 1964 - 1967 (File F79)



Itinerary March 1965 for return journey Honiara/London.

Programme of Te Vega for 1967.

Information and instructions for Te Vega participants.

Subseries F126. Correspondence, 1972 - 1973


Correspondence with John Heyer (London) re his film of Great Barrier Reef and list of negatives he wishes to use 9 September 1972 - 3 ? 1973. (Photocopies.)

Series. Material Deposited in 1991, 5 May 1946 - 20 December 1985

2 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2846.

File: Personal letters, 1947 - 20 December 1985 (File)

5 items
Grace Richards (Brisbane), 1947 (Item)

Re death of Harvey

David Stoddart (Cambridge), 20 December 1985 (Item)

Re trip to Hawaii.

work on Kure Atoll; visit to Motupore Station Papua New Guinea; Java and Thousand Islands- 'reefs are largely dead…mountains of urban garbage - Plastic sheets and plastic sandals mostly'

Tahiti and Cook Islands.

Sandy Bruce (Darwin), 4 June 1985 (Item)

Re Northern Territory Museum; plans to work in Cocos Keeling Islands.

David Stoddart (Cambridge), 30 November 1984 (Item)

Re visit to AIMS at Townsville 'one of the most remarkable things was, of course, the library'.

David Stoddart (Cambridge), 21 May 1985 (Item)

Re visit to Hawaii.

difficulties reaching site of Cook's death.


Folder: FRS letters, 5 May 1946 (File)

1 items
Eric Ashby (Sydney University), 5 May 1946 (Item)

Returning to England 'leave with great reluctance'.

Series. Material Deposited in 1992, 1949 - 30 September 1986

10 items

Filmed selectively.

Archival History

Originally filmed on AJCP Reel M2846.

Subseries. [File: Biography 1], 1964 - 1980

3 items
Western Australia / AIMS Queensland / Hong Kong / Philippines, 1978 (File)
1 item
Report on trip to Australia, 1978 (Item)

Details of: visit to Western Australian Museum, Perth; AIMS, Cape Ferguson 'the buildings architecturally most impressive'; equipment; his work there.

Great Barrier Reef (1), 1967 - 1978 (File)
1 item
Details of trips to Great Barrier Reef, 1967-1978. (2p.), 1967 - 1978 (Item)
Reports, 1964 - 1980 (File)
1 item
Report on research during 1964-1980, 1965 - 1979 (Item)

Including De Moor expedition to Great Barrier Reef, 1967; Te Vega, 1965; AIMS, 1978; Sydney 1979. (6p.)

Subseries. [File: Biography II], December 1975

1 items
Visit to Lizard Island. Great Barrier Reef, (4p.), December 1975 (File)

Subseries. Folder: For Phyllis, 1978 - 1986

1 item
Miscellaneous correspondence and notes, 1978 - 1986 (File)

Correspondence between Lady Yonge, Sir Maurice Yonge and J.T.Baker, and others of Australian Institute of Marine Science, Townsville re death of Sir Maurice, the Yonges' visit to AIMS, 1978 and the acquisition by AIMS of Yonge's library. (c19p.)

Subseries. Folder: Awards and Honours, 30 September 1948 - 10 September 1956

3 items
Miss M.Wood (Wellington), 16 July 1956 (File)

Re Yonge's election as Honorary (sic) member of Royal Society of New Zealand.

Yonge acknowledgement, 10 September 1956 (File)
R.A.Falla (Wellington), 30 September 1948 (File)

requesting Yonge's attendance at Seventh Pacific Science Congress in New Zealand, February 1949.

Subseries. Folder: The Seas, 7 September 1949 - 15 September 1949

2 items
A.W.B.Powell (Auckland), 15 September 1949 (File)

Congratulations on publication of The Sea Shore; the Seventh Pacific Science Congress.

R.A.Falla (Dominion Museum, Wellington) acknowledges receipt of book, 7 September 1949 (File)