Guide to the Papers of Albert Gunther (as filmed by the AJCP)
National Library of Australia View Catalogue Record
- Gunther, Albert Charles Lewis Gotthilf, 1830-1914
- Papers of Albert Gunther (as filmed by the AJCP)
- Date Range
- 1861 - 1911
- Collection Number
- 52 items
- Language of Materials
- Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents
Correspondence with other zoologists and collectors concerning reptiles, birds, fishes and other specimens in Australia and the Pacific. Correspondents include Sir Walter Buller, Sir Philip Egerton, F.W. Hutton, Sir Daniel Cooper, C.M. Woodford, J. von Haast and Gerard Krefft.
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.
Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.
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: http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-1234)
Material selectively filmed at the Natural History Museum, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1987 (AJCP Reels: M2123). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.
Existence and Location of Originals
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London. For further information see Arthur Gunther at the National History Museum. [http://www.nhm.ac.uk/our-science/departments-and-staff/library-and-archives.html]
Existence and Location of Copies
The original AJCP microfilm of the records filmed from this collection is available at the National Library of Australia [https://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn2599969] as well as other institutions holding AJCP microfilm.
This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.
Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.
Australia; Australia: flora and fauna; Birds; Buller, Sir Walter; Cooper, Sir Daniel; Egerton, Sir Philip; Fish and fisheries; Gunther, Albert; Hutton, Frederick W.; Krefft, Johann G.; Pacific Islands; Pacific Islands: flora and fauna; Reptiles; Von Haast, Sir Julius; Woodford, Charles M.; Zoologists
Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 201, p76. [http://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-397322928]
Biographical / Historical
Albert Charles Lewis Gotthilf Gunther (1830-1914), zoologist. Born in Wurtemberg, educated at Universities of Tubingen, Berlin and Bonn. Joined staff of British Museum in 1862. Keeper of Zoological Department, British Museum, 1875-1895. President of Linnean Society 1898-1901, Vice-President of Royal Society 1875-1876. Publications include Geographical distribution of reptiles (1858), Introduction to study of fishes (1880), Catalogue of fishes in British Museum (1859-70).
Seeks opinion on application of Prof. Haswell for grant for dredging in Tasman Sea.
Search for sponges in Conflict Group in New Guinea; despatch of specimens.
Interest in employing expert for cultivation of pearls in Conflict Group.
Acknowledges advice on Salmonoid; account of Tasmanian salmon fishery 1866-1870; despatch of specimens to Zoological Society.
Colonial life; lack of security at Melbourne University; plans to write treatise on sponges; interest in compiling British Museum Catalogue of Sponges; Russian influenza epidemic.
Capture of new reptile in Brothery Islands, New Zealand. (French)
Capture of no reptile; refers to article by A. Thomas on New Zealand sphenodontidae. (French)
Search for Hatteria in Cook Strait. (French)
British annexation of Sunday Island; petrels and other birds; offers to supply birds.
Account of discovery of extraordinary fish; inquires about Catalogue of Fishes in British Museum.
Photograph of fish caught by L. Leichhardt; Port Jackson shark.
Hopes to bring specimen of fish from Australia.
Search for specimen of Ceretodus Fosteri; fish found in branches of mangroves in North Queensland.
Seeks appointment as curator or conservator of ornithological department of a British institution; unhappiness at Victorian National Museum.
Offers British Museum mummy of New Guinea native from Darnley Island.
Exchange of specimens with British Museum; requests list of desiderata of New Zealand fishes; New Guinea mummy.
Despatch of skull of seal; inaccuracies of catalogue of fossil birds by Lydekker.
Despatch of zoological specimens; Dyak heads; trip to Celebes; photographs; tortoises. (7 letters.)
Recommends H.O. Forbes for post of Curator at Singapore Museum; Forbes' resignation from Christchurch Museum.
Sends bololo in spirits; seeks papers on fauna of Samoa.
Sir Walter Buller (Christchurch, Wellington, London) to Gunther, 1874 - 1889 (File 16/1/150-16/1/171)
Buller's annual attempts and final success in achieving election as Fellow of Royal Society; Christchurch Museum; Sir James Hector; J. von Haast; research; reports of meetings of Wellington Philosophical Society; despatch of zoological specimens; correspondence with Sir Joseph Hooker; New Zealand ornithology; search for Notornis; new edition of The Birds of New Zealand (1888) (21 letters).
Seeks name of fish found by L. Leichhardt in Burdekin River.
Seeks assistance to complete work on South Sea fishes.
Collecting of Australian reptiles; despatch of specimens to British Museum; Krefft's Snakes of Australia; discovery of Ceratodus Fosteri; affairs of Australian Museum; conflict with Trustees (1874); G. Bennett, W. Macleay, Capt. A. Onslow; Supreme Court case. Includes a few letters from Gunther and one of G. Bennett. Many of Krefft's letters are in German.
Paper by H. Woodward; questions accuracy of Australian observations of bipedal progression of Chlamydosaurus; encloses Abstract of Proceedings of Geological Society of London, no. 272.
Informan about Chlamydosaurus, including T.H. Huxley and G. Krefft.
Interest of sons in emigrating to Queensland; interview with Sir Charles Nicholson; letter of introduction to Governor of Queensland. ( 6 letters.)
Sons to sail in December; favourable reports of Queensland; Sir Daniel Cooper.