Guide to the Collections held by the British Museum (Natural History), Mammals Section (as filmed by the AJCP)
M2597 - M2598
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- Natural History Museum: Collections of the Mammals Section
- Natural History Museum: Collections of the Mammals Section (as filmed by the AJCP)
- Date Range
- 27 June 1887 - 1984
- Collection Number
- M2597 - M2598
- 42 items
- Language of Materials
- Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents
Michael R. Oldfield Thomas correspondence 1868-1928. Subjects include collecting expeditions to Australia, Malaya, Indonesia and the Pacific and dispatch of skulls and other specimens. Correspondents include Wilfrid B. Alexander, Tom Carter, Charles W. De Vis, Joseph Fletcher, Charles Hedley, Frederic Wood Jones and Sir Hubert Wilkins.
Collectors' notes. Subjects include: Hubert Wilkins' Australia and Islands expedition 1923-24; expeditions to Malaysia 1967, 1974; Cambridge Sumatra expedition 1984; and mammals of Oceania and Eastern New Guinea.
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Alexander, Wilfrid B.; Australia; Cambridge Sumatra Expedition (1984); Carter, Tom; De Vis, Charles W.; Fletcher, Joseph; Great Britain; Hedley, Charles; Jones, Frederic W.; Malaya; Mammal; Natural History Museum, London; Papua New Guinea: flora and fauna; Skeletal remains; Sumatra; Thomas, Michael R. Oldfield
Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 64, p22.
Comprises: Letter of 2 March?
Sir George Wilkins to Thomas, Westwood, possibility of collecting in Groote Eylandt and specimens already collected; list of specimens collected in Torren Creek, Queensland, 24 Nov. 1923.
preliminary and provisional report, 1 Jan. 1924 - 31 March 1924.
(report on) mammals; list of mammals, Westwood, 1924.
preliminary and provisional report part 3, 1 Oct. - 30 Nov. 1923 notes.
Oldfield Thomas New Scoteinus from Queensland, Annals and Magazine of Natural History ser.9 Vol. 13, May 1924 p.540 and Some New Australian Muridae. Annals and Magazine of Natural History ser. 9, Vol. 13, March 1924 p.296.
Comprises: Letter 20 Sept. 1974 Lord Medway, Saxmundham, re labeling of specimens; lists of mammals collected; field note book.
Incoming letters to him have been bound alphabetically by year; occasionally the copy of his reply is included. The early volumes have letter numbers, but this system becomes erratic and finally stops. Letters from the following Australasian scientists and collectors are included in the collection. All letters, unless noted, are to Thomas at the British Museum (Natural History).
Biographical / Historical
Michael Roger Oldfield Thomas (1858-1929). Joined the staff of the British Museum upon leaving school in 1876. In 1878 he transferred to the Department of Zoology and served as a clerk under Dr. A. Gunther. He was then appointed Assistant in charge of the mammal collection, a post he held until he retired in 1923. He published Catalogue of Marsupialia in the British Museum in 1888.
Wilfrid B. Alexander (1885-1965). Educated at King's College Cambridge; 1910-1911 Assistant Superintendent of Cambridge University Museum of Zoology; 1912 Assistant in Natural History Section of Western Australia Museum, Perth; 1914 Keeper of Biological Department; 1920 appointed Biologist to Prickly Pear Board, Queensland; 1925 returned to England.
Tom Carter (1863-1931) Ornithologist and pastoralist: Migrated to Western Australia in 1887 and was employed as a jackaroo on Boolothanna Station; in 1889 acquired his own property in Point Cloates area; he identified 180 birds and secured specimen of 170, two of which were new and one, Spinifex bird, named after him.
Charles W. De Vis (1829-1915)Originally he entered the Church, but he pursued an interest in Natural History. On arrival in Queensland in 1870 he contributed an article on geology and ornithology to Queenslander; appointed a curator of Queensland Museum in 1882 and served as Director, 1901 - 1905.
Joseph Fletcher (1850? - 1926) Teacher and biologist, one of the first scientists to investigate the embryology of marsupials; 1893 - 1919 director of the Linnean Society of New South Wales and editor of the Proceedings.
Ludwig Glauert (1879-1963) 1908 emigrated to Western Australia and joined the Geological Survey in Perth as a palaeontologist; helped to arrange the collections of the Western Australia Museum and in 1914 promoted to Keeper of Geology and Ethnology: appointed Keeper of Biological Collections in 1920 and Curator in 1927.
John W. Gregory (1864-1932). 1887 on staff of Geological Department of the British Museum (Natural History) and became an authority on fossil coral and bryozoa; 1901 Professor of Geology at Melbourne University, established himself as the leading authority in Australia on water supply and mining geology, leading an expedition to Lake Eyre and writing The Dead Heart of Australia; returned to England on appointment to the chair of Geology at Glasgow. He drowned in a canoeing accident during an expedition to Urubamba River, North Peru.
Charles Hedley (1862-1926) A self taught naturalist he went to Queensland in 1882 for his health, and worked at first voluntarily, for the Queensland Museum; became a scientific assistant at the Australian Museum, Sydney in 1891 and Assistant Curator in 1908.
Gerald Freer Hill (1880-1954). Appointed naturalist to Commonwealth Government Exploration Party, Central Australia and Northern Territory, 1911 - 1912 and Government Entomologist Northern Territory, 1912 - 1917.
Charles Hose (1863-1929) Entered the service of the Rajah of Sarawak in 1884 and became member of the Supreme Council and Judge of Supreme Court of Sarawak in 1904; made a large collection of Sarawak flora and fauna over many years for the British Museum (Natural History) and other museums and was the author of several books on Borneo and Sarawak.
Frederic Wood Jones (1879-1954). Qualified as a doctor and 1905 - 1906 appointed medical officer to Eastern Extension Telegraph Company on Cocos and Keeling Islands, where he developed his interest in natural history; 1919 appointed to chair of anatomy at University of Adelaide, spending all his spare time studying Australian fauna. Published The Mammals of South Australia (Adelaide, 1923 - 25).
Robin Kemp (1871 - ). Born in London and became assistant account ant to a railway being constructed in Sierra Leone, where he started collecting; 1906 - 1907 collecting in New Zealand; and then went as collector on an expedition financed by C.D. Rudd to East Africa; 1912 - 1914 he collected for G.M. Matthews at Cape York and Gulf of Carpentaria; after a further visit to New Zealand he went to Argentina collecting for the British Museum (Natural History).
Cecil Boden Kloss (1877-1949). 1900 joined Dr Abbott on Terrapin for a collecting expedition in Andaman and Nicobar Islands 1908 appointed to Museum at Kuala Lumpur under H.C. Robinson, and made numerous collecting expeditions in South-East Asia; Director of Museums, Federated Malay States until retirement in 193[illeg]
Albert Le Souef (1877-1951). Appointed assistant director of Melbourne Zoo on death of his father, and in 1903 Secretary to the Zoological Society in Sydney, where he supervised the planning and development of Taronga Park Zoo.
Heber Longman (1880-1954) Emigrated to Queensland in 1902 for his health and settled at Toowoomba where he bought a newspaper and founded the Field Naturalist's Club; 1911 joined staff of Queensland Museum and appointed director in 1918.
Clive Lord (1889-1933). Trained as an architect but developed his interest in natural history; appointed assistant curator of Tasmanian Museum in 1917 and was Director 1923 to 1933.
Allan McCulloch (1885-1925). Entered Australian Museum, Sydney, as a cadet in 1898; 1906 appointed scientific assistant, with special area of interest fish fauna. He died in Honolulu and his ashes were interred on Lord Howe Island.
James Douglas Ogilby(1853 - 1925). Studied at Trinity College, Dublin, before going to Australia; appointed to Australian Museum in 1885 and was responsible for vertebrate collections, dismissed in 1890 for drunkenness, but later re-employed to work on the fishes of Queensland.
Herbert C. Robinson (1874-1929) Born in England, collected in Cooktown, Queensland, before becoming assistant to H.O. Forbes at Liverpool Museum, appointed director of Federated Malay States Museum and resigned in 1926.
John Porter Rogers (1873-1941). Born at Riverlea, Tallarook, Victoria; 1895 - 1898 started collecting while prospecting for gold in Western Australia; collected for G.M. Matthews in many areas including Wyndham district of Kimberley, Cape York, and Melville Island; 1914 part of Government of South Australia's expedition to Musgrave and Everard Ranges; after the war took up land on his own behalf.
Herbert Harold Scott (1866-1938). Born in England but brought up in the United States, ordered to take a sea voyage for his healt he settled in Tasmania; 1897 became curator of Victoria Museum in Launceston, co-author with C. Lord of Synopsis of Vertebrate Animal of Tasmania (Hobart, Oldham, 1924).
Robert Shelford (1872-1912). Born in Singapore, and studied Natural Science at Emmanuel College Cambridge; 1895 appointed demonstrator in Biology at Yorkshire College, Leeds; 1897 appointed Curator of Sarawak Museum, Borneo, where he started collecting and exploring with a special interest in insects; 1905 appointed Assistant Curator in Hope Department of Zoology, Oxford University Museum.
Guy C. Shortridge (1880-1949). Served with South African Constabulary in Boer War, and engaged by Sclater, Director of South Africa Museum, to collect mammals and birds in Pondoland; subsequent collecting career included collecting for W.E. Balston in Western Australia, 1904 - 1906; 1921 appointed Director of Kaffrarian Museum, King William's Town, South Africa.
G. William Stalker (1879 - 1910). Started collecting for the British Museum (Natural History) while prospecting for gold on Mambare River, New Guinea; 1905 sent to Alexandra Station in Northern Territory; 1907 went to Inkerman Station, South of Townsville. He was drowned on 9 Jan. 1910 while a member of the British Ornithologists' Union Expedition for Exploration of Central New Guinea.
Ellis Troughton (1893-1974). Joined Australian Museum, Sydney, as a cadet and served on its staff for over 50 years, becoming curator of mammals; collected in Australia, New Guinea and Santa Cruz Islands.
Edgar Waite (1866-1928). Appointed zoologist of Australian Museum, Sydney in 1893; in 1906 became curator of Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand; 1914 appointed director of South Australian Museum, Adelaide.
Sir George Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958). Born at Mount Bryon South Australia and studied engineering; 1913 - 1916 photographer and second in command of Vilhjalmus Stefanson's Canadian Arctic expedition and went as naturalist and photographer with Shackleton' last expedition; 1923 - 1925 led an Australian and Islands Natural History Expedition for the British Museum (Natural History): In 1928 he made the first Antarctic flight.
Bernard H. Woodward ( - 1916). Went to Western Australia and acted as a mineral registrar and assayer in gold; on foundation of Western Australian Museum in Perth in 1889 he was appointed Curator, a post he held until retirement in 1916.
Leonard Wray ( - 1942) Entered Perak Civil Service in 1881 as superintendent Government Hill Gardens and in 1883 appointed Director of Museums Federated Malay States.
re Oldfield Thomas' projected history of marsupials
Envelope 'Lydekker Correspondence' (between Nos. 188 and 189.), 19 January 1900 - 7 October 1901 (File)
re specimens of whales and sea elephants he is prepared to supply
H.H. Scott, Victoria Museum Launceston, Tasmania, 14 Jan. 1901; 31 Jan. 1901; 11 March 1901; 18 March 1901; 20 June 1901; 3 Aug. 1901; 7 Oct. 1901, 10 Dec. 1900 (Item 326-334)
sending drawings and measurements of whales, dolphins and other specimens
H.J. Hillier, Killalpauima, South Australia, 6 Jan. 1902; 3 April 1902; 7 Aug. 1902; 28 Aug. 1902 (Item 149-152)
re collecting for the museum and his life on the mission station for the Diyeri tribe.
Penang with general comment on conditions in the Malay Peninsula, and that he is taking over the Selangar State Museum.
re Alvin Seale, Curator of Ichthyology, Bishop Museum, Honolulu re his qualifications to be a collector for the British Museum
G. Shortridge, Albany, Southern Cross and Kalgoorlie, 12 Jan. 1905; 27 Feb. 1905; 2 April 1905; 24 April 1905; 18 June 1905; 1 July 1905; 29 July 1905; 16 Aug. 1905; 28 Sept. 1905; 15 Nov. 1905 (Item 246-256 b)
re the animals he has seen and collected in Western Australia
W. Stalker, Cairns, Camoweal, Queensland, and Alexandria, N.T., 11 March 1905; 28 March 1905; 13 April 1905 (Item 265-267)
re collecting in the Northern Territory
re appointment of Mr King as government entomologist.
G. Shortridge, Beverley and Carnarvon, W.A., 10 Jan. 1906; 27 Jan 1906; 30 March 1906; 18 May 1906; 4 June 1906; 24 July 1906 (Item 412-446)
re his successful trapping expeditions with lists of specimens sent.
W. Stalker, Alexandria N.T. and Burketown, 13 Sept. 1905; 4 Jan 1906; 23 Jan. 1906; 30 Jan. 1906; 7 Feb. 1906; 22 Feb. 1906; 16 May 1906; 23 or 6 March 1906; 30 May 1906; 23 July 1906; 23 Aug. 1906; 15 Sept. 19 Oct. 1906; 14 Oct. 1906; 9 Nov. 1906; 14 Nov. 1906; 6 Dec. 1906; 18 Dec. 1906 (Item 461-484)
re breaking of the drought, problems of transport, the specimens he is sending, with sketch maps.
re a possible new species of Dorcopsis from New Guinea, with 3 photographs.
re sending kangaroo skins and other specimens, failure to collect small mammals.
re trouble he has catching rats and that he is returning to Western Australia in June
G. Shortridge, Batavia, Kuala Lumpur and Devon, 20 Dec. 1907; 14 Jan 1908; 16 Feb 1908; 21 Feb. 1908; 11 May 1908; 10 Aug. 1908; 20 Aug. 1908; 29 Aug. 1908 (Item 243-253)
re collecting on Java. Letter no. 251 includes a sketch map and short notes on locations.
W. Stalker, Brisbane, Townsville, Port Moresby and Yule Island, 25 Dec. 1907; 28 Jan. 1908; 14 Dec. 1906; 21 Dec. 1906; 10 June 1907; 23 June 1907; 25 Sept. 1907; 19 Feb. 1908; 28 June 1908; 15 March 1907 (Item 269-280)
re collecting expeditions in the north, including 9 photographs.
That the only animal he can get is Nkaia and mice and insects.
H. Robinson, Kuala Lumpur, 22 May 1909; 15 Feb. 1908; 12 March 1908; 23 May 1908; 5 July 1908; 18 Sept. 1908; 12 Oct. 1908; 13 March 1909; 17 April 1909; 26 Oct. 1909; 1 April 1909; 25 April 1909; 12 Nov. 1908 (Item 171A - 187)
Re collecting expeditions and sending specimens.
J.P. Rogers, Wyndham, W.A., 20 April 1909; 22 April 1909; 29 April 1909; 27 July 1909 (Item 189-193)
re collecting and the naming of a bat after him.
G. Shortridge, Kangean , Perth, Batavia, 26 Nov. 1909; 10 Nov. 1906; 14 July 1907; 26 Feb. 1907 (Item 209-212a)
Re collecting in Sumatra and list of mammals sent from Kangean; journey inland from Perth collecting, - a number of animals have died out in recent years.
G. Shortridge, Batava (except where noted), n.d; 28 Jul 1907; 7 Aug 1907; 14 Aug 1907; 14 Sep 1907; 17 Nov 1907; 17 May 1907 (Perth); 7 Apr 1907 (Perth); 5 Jul 1907; 12 Dec 1907; 13 Jun 1907 (Fremantle) 11 Jun and 17 Jun 1909 (Honiton); 13 Aug; 11 Sept. 1909; 17 Oct 1909, 30 Oct 1909; 7 Nov 1909. (Item 214-233)
Re expedition and sending specimens; upset at the discouraging letter he gets from Thomas.
The conditions specimens arrive in is not his fault.
They don't understand his problems.
His money is stolen in Fremantle.
Journey back to Born and travel up country.
re naming of Australian forms as sub-species; European workers don't realise the uniformity of conditions over the Australian continent.
G. Shortridge, Dutch East Indies, Arno Islands, 2 Dec. 1909; 14 Dec. 1909; 24 March 1910; 4 June 1910 (Item 190-193)
re difficulty of getting good specimens.
Stalker's death; (letter of 24 March 1910).
Problems of the expedition, laziness and incompetence of leaders (British Inimika River Expedition).
H. Hillier, Hermannsburg and Outalpa Station, Olary, South Australia, 6 Dec. 1909; 15 May 1911; 13 Aug. 1911 (Item 82-84)
Re native methods of killing marsupial rats and echidnas; no native animals left at Olary foxes and dogs having killed them.
Robin Kemp, Cape York, Queensland, 25 July 1912; 20 Sept. 1912; 14 Nov. 1912; 29 Nov. 1912 (Item 64-67)
That there are no small mammals in the area; he dislikes Australia and wishes to return to Africa.
J.P. Rogers, Melville Island, NT, and Darwin, 10 Feb. 1912; 29 May 1912; 2 Dec. 1911, 6 Dec. 1911 (Item 126-128c)
re mammal specimens from the Island.
Robin Kemp, Cape York and Normanton, Queensland, 31 Dec. 1912; 25 July 1913; 18 Sept. 1913; ? Oct. 1913 (Item 127-130b)
Sending mammals and skulls, and describing Cape York and difficulties of his solitary life.
Sending an Albino Napu, news of Kloss's expeditions to snow mountains, proposed expedition to Central West Sumatra.
Leaving for a holiday in New Zealand, sending some specimens, from talking with old inhabitants he learns that many mammals have died out in Carpentaria area.
Robin Kemp, Auckland, New Zealand and Long Sutton, Somerset, 11 March 1915 - 28 May 1915 (Item (52-53))
That he is returning home to help in the war.
Payment for Queensland material.
C.B. Kloss, Kuala Lumpur, re collecting expedition by himself and Robinson, Museum news, 5 June 1915; 21 Aug. 1915; 8 Nov. 1915; Dec. 1915; 5 Jan. 1916; 29 Jan. 1916; 21 Feb. 1916; 13 March 1916; 13 April 1916; 19 May 1916; 11 July 1916; 3 Aug. 1916; 3 Sept. 1916; 13 Dec. 1916 (Item (no number) -89)
That he has volunteered for hospital service, that the curator doesn't agree to sending mammals overseas to be identified.
Re a plague of mice that is eating all the wheat and hay stores in many parts of Australia.
W. Allen, Gin Gin, Bundaberg, Queensland, 11 June 1919; 17 Oct. 1919; 24 Oct. 1919; 1 Nov. 1919 (Item 7- (no number))
Sending skins of various animals, difficulty of skinning koalas.
re a mouse he sent to the Museum which was caught 30 miles from nearest human habitation. (in pencil, faint).
K.W. Dammerman, Zoological Museum. Buitenzorg, Dutch East Indies, 27 May 1920 - 21 September 1920 (Item no number)
re rat specimens from the Dutch East Indian area.
re his list of Australian Muridae, the drought is affecting specimens.
re visit to Hawaii, description of the volcano and vegetation on the Islands.
William Potter, Gunner No. 1 Battery No. 54488, 22 Jan; 24 Jan; 31 Jan 1919 (AIF, AIF and War Chest Club, London); 11 Feb; 14 Feb 1919 (No. 1 Battery RBAA, Heytesbury, Wilts); 17 Mar 1919 (Embarkation Camp, Sutton Veny, Wilts); 12 Jun; 4 Jul 1919 (Sydney); 24 Nov 1919; 14 Apr 1920; 5 Jun 1920, (Madang) (Item no number)
Re his proposed expedition to German New Guinea collecting for the Museum.
Problems of collecting during the mating season and the wet season.
Natives not interested in trapping animals, only in shooting birds.
Pratt Bros., North New Guinea, Dutch East Indies, 10 Jan. 1920; 24 March 1920; 14 March 1920 (Item no number)
Sending specimens caught on expeditions in Dutch East Indies (faint).
Sending specimens, natives have burnt out the camp of a government exploring expedition.
Variability of nesolagus species, due to bad eyesight he is giving up collecting.
Prof. Wood-Jones, Adelaide University, 26 Jan. 1921; 28 April 1921; 4 May 1921; 8 Sept. 1921; 19 Dec. 1921 (Item 143-154)
Filed under Jones.
Re his work on Australian rodents.
Plans for collecting expeditions to Lake Eyre.
Deplores disappearance of marsupials due to introduced foxes and rabbits.
Sending specimens, by sending forms to schools trying to find out what marsupials are still living in S.A.
Beaufort, Zoologisch Museum, Amsterdam re New Guinea animals, 27 Jan. 1922; 10 Feb. 1922; 14 Feb. 1922; 23 Feb. 1922; 27 Feb. 1922; 14 March 1922; 20 March 1922; 24 March 1922; 28 April 1922; 31 March 1922; 15 June 1922, 10 Oct. 1922; 11 Nov. 1922; 1 Dec. 1922; 16 Dec. 1922; 29 Dec. 1922 (Item 17-39)
Prof F. Wood-Jones, Adelaide University, 27 Feb. 1922; 6 Mar. 1922; 30 March 1922; 13 July 1922; 9 Dec. 1921; 30 March 1922; 27 Sept. 1922 (Item 228-238)
Specimens from Franklin Island, Pearson's Islands and from localities round Adelaide.
A. Le Souef, Taronga Zoo, Sydney, 16 April 1922, 11 May 1922; 6 May 1922; 4 May 1922; 4 Aug. 1922; 29 Sept. 1922 (Item 248-253)
re his publication on muridae sending specimens of phascogale which has reached plague proportions.
Neal McNeill, British Pacific Science Expedition, London, 4 Nov. 1922; 3 Oct. 1922; 23 Oct. 1922 (Item 343-5)
Requesting appointment be for expedition sets out for New Guinea.
T. Sherrin, Auburn, Sydney, 1 Oct. 1922, 26 Nov. 1922, 12 Nov. 1922, 22 Oct. 1922, n.d., 26 Dec. 1922, 5 Dec. 1922, 21 Dec. 1922 (Item 427-46)
Angry that his services are being dispensed with.
list with locations.
That because he has made false declarations to get around the rules and regulations the Museum will no longer employ him.
Possibility of the Museum funding an expedition by Wilkins to collect throughout the country.
T. Sherrin, Auburn (except as noted), 31 Aug. 1922; 24 May 1922 (Ravenshal, Qld.); 9 May 1922; 9 April 1922; 25 March 1922; n.d.; 28 Feb. 1922. (Item 447-448, 449-464)
re collecting in N. Queensland.
Problem of transport.
lack of specimens due to foxes.
F. Wood-Jones, University of Adelaide, 19 Jan. 1923; 16 May 1923; 20 June 1923; 1 Oct. 1923 (Item 50-57)
re possibility of a South Australian platypus.
Expedition to Pearson's Island and new species discovered there.
H. Longman, Queensland Museum, Brisbane ack., 16 Feb. 1923; 22 March 1923; 27 July 1923; 4 Oct. 1923 (Item 77-81)
Receipt of specimens from N. Queensland.
Facilities granted to Captain Wilkins and his plans for expeditions.
(on board SS St. Albans) G.H. Wilkins, Townsville, 20 June 1923; 22 Nov 1923; 16 June - 30 Sep 1923 (Item 200-18)
Difficulty of finding specimens and keeping them in good condition.
Salary demanded by Sherrin.
Problems of exporting specimens.
Wilkin's Australia and Islands expedition: Preliminary and provisional report, pt. 2. York Peninsula pp 10-14.
A new federal Act of Dec. 1923 has prohibited the exporting of all fauna, he is not able to send his considerable collection of skins and skulls back to England.
Australian Museum's treatment of Charles Hedley; difficulties of getting specimens.
Prof. F. Wood-Jones, 25 Jan. 1925; 1 March 1925; 13 March 1925; 17 March 1925; 12 June 1925; 6 July 1925 (Item 27-32)
University of Adelaide tired of sending unappreciated material to English institutions.
Visit to Kangaroo Island.
New species of Pseudomys.
Visit to Tasmania.
Sending specimens via Captain Wilkins.
Glauert, Perth, 16 Feb. 1926; 23 April 1926; 12 May 1926; 22 June 1926; 22 July 1926; 30 July 1926; 3 Dec. 1926 (Item)
Sending various specimens.
In his opinion very few marsupials have become extinct within recent years, they are just not as plentiful.
C. Boden Kloss, Singapore, that Robinson has retired, sending specimens, 23 Aug 1926; 7 Sept. 1926; 5 Oct. 1926; 6 Dec. 1926; 24 Dec. 1926 (Item)
H. Longman, Queensland Museum, 26 Feb. 1926; 27 Feb. 1926; 22 April 1926; 10 May 1926; 28 July 1926; 18 Aug. 1926 (Item)
Specimens collected by Cpt. Wilkins.
Failure of collecting trips on Stradbroke Island.
re specimens collected on New Hebrides.
Sending Australian mammal specimens from Sir Malcolm McEacharn's collections for identification.
That in spite of Kloss's opposition he is sending the mammal collection to the Museum as a personal gift and from the FMS government.
re possibility of him collecting for the Museum during his forthcoming expedition to Saruwaged Mountain, New Guinea.