Guide to the British Museum (Natural History): Collections of the Palaeontology Library (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

British Museum (Natural History). Palaeontology Library
British Museum (Natural History): Collections of the Palaeontology Library (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
14 October 1830 - 23 March 1965
Collection Number
76 items
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

Correspondence, typescripts and drafts concerning fossils and other geological specimens and remains of animals.

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.

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 Palaeontology Library, British Museum (Natural History), London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1990 (AJCP Reel: M2767). Original microfilm digitised as part of the AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Formerly known as British Museum (Natural History), in 1992 the name changed to the Natural History Museum.

Existence and Location of Originals

Palaeontology Library, Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London.

For further information see Palaeontology Library at the Natural History Museum. []

The Natural History Musuem was formerly known as the British Museum (Natural History).

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.

The AJCP also filmed related papers from the the Department of Palaeontology Archive (M2878-M2887) [].

Finding-aid Notes

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.

This Finding Aid retains the identifiers present at the time it was filmed by the Australian Joint Copying Project. The new control numbers applied by the Natural History Museum have been identified where possible.


Australia; Fossils; Geology: Australia; Palaeontologists


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 69, p23.

Item Descriptions

Fonds. Edward Arber, 1913 - 1914

2 items

Proof of text and illustrations of E.A.N. Arber's 'Fossil Plants' intended for the report of the National Antarctic Expedition, but not published. (85p.)

Biographical / Historical

Edward Alexander Newell Arber (1870-1918) was born in London and educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. In 1899 he was appointed a demonstrator in palaeobotany at the Woodwardian (later Sedgwick) Museum at Cambridge and held the post for the rest of his life. In 1901-6 he named and arranged the palaeobotanical specimens in the Geology Department of the British Museum (Natural History). He had a strong interest in the fossil floras of New Zealand.

The set of proofs which has some ms. alterations, illustrations and 2 maps. (File)

Letters and invoices concerning preparations for publication, 1913 - 1914 (File)

Correspondents include: A.C. Seward (Cambridge), Frank Debenham (Cambridge), C.E. Fagan (British Museum (Natural History). (41p.)

Fonds. F.A. Bather, n.d.

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Francis Arthur Bather (1863-1934) was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He joined the geology department of the British Museum (Natural History) in 1887 and was keeper of the department from 1924 to 1928. His main research interest was echinoderms.

Chelonechinus suvae from soap stone of Viti Levu, Fiji, n.d. (File)

140p. and 4p. misc. notes.

Typescript with ms. alterations.

Fonds. Henry Bowman Brady, 22 January 1887

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Henry Bowman Brady (1835-1891) was born at Gateshead and educated at Bootham School, York, and later studied pharmacy. He set up as a pharmacist at Newcastle-upon-Tyne and was one of the founders of the British Pharmaceutical Congress. He retired from his business in 1876 to devote his time to the study of Foraminifera. He was the author of Report on the Foraminifera dredged by HMS Challenger (1884).

Brady (Brighton) to Etheridge (British Museum (Natural History), 22 January 1887 (File)

Re work on minute shells from Solomon Islands. (3p.)

Fonds. British Museum (Natural History). Department of Geology, 23 February 1883

1 item

A. Gunther (British Museum (Natural History) to H. Woodward (British Museum (Natural History), 23 February 1883 (File)

Transferring fossil specimens Rhabelophyllia from NW Australia to Geology Dept. (1p.)

Fonds. Canterbury, New Zealand Museum, 1872-12-23; 1873-01-10

1 items

Correspondence, 1872-12-23; 1873-01-10 (File)

Includes:23 December 1872, Julius Haast (Christchurch) to R. Owen

10 January 1873, Sending 2 copies of specimens. (3p.) (Copies)

Fonds. Robert F. Damon, April 1890 - 24 April 1896

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Robert Damon (1814-1889) was originally a hosier and glover. With his son Robert Ferris Damon (1845-1929) he established a dealership in natural history specimens at Weymouth. He was the author of Geology of Weymouth and the isles of Portland (1860). Until 1914 the Damons supplied museums in Britain, Europe, North America and Australia with Dorsetshire geological specimens.

Series A. Lists of specimens purchased, April 1890

1 item

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Muddy Creek Mollusca Victoria (4p.), April 1890 (File)

Series B. Lists of specimens purchased, 24 April 1896

1 item

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Australian Tertiary Mollusca from Muddy Creek, Victoria, Tasmania, Adelaide (9p.), 24 April 1896 (File)

Fonds. John Darlington, 17 September 1868

1 item

An account of fossils from Australia presented to Museum of Practical Geology by Henry Challoner of Burra Burra mines (1p.), 17 September 1868 (File)

Fonds. John Dennant, 20 March 1886 - 19 February 1889

2 items

Biographical / Historical

John Dennant (1839-1907) was born in Ipswich and migrated to Victoria in 1872. He was a schoolmaster and in 1890 became inspector of Schools in Victoria. He was a fellow of the Geological Society of London and president of the Royal Society of Victoria (1903).

A series of Tertiary shells from Muddy Creek, Victoria presented by Government Inspector of Schools, Hamilton (9p.), 20 March 1886 (File A)

J.Dennant (Castlemaine) to Woodward, 19 February 1889 (File B)

Forwarding list of corrected names to fossils sent to British Museum (Natural History) in 1885. (5p.)

Fonds. Egypt Survey Department, 1900

1 item

List of the Egyptian Survey Collection of fossil corals and achinoids taken by Professor J.W. Gregory from the Natural History Museum, London, to the University of Melbourne (8p.), 1900 (File)

Fonds. W.V. Fitzgerald, 1926

1 item

Biographical / Historical

William Vincent Fitzgerald (1867-1929) was born in Tasmania. He collected plants in Tasmania, Western Australia and New Guinea. In 1905 he was appointed naturalist to a survey expedition to the Kimberley region, led by Charles Crossland, and in 1906 he surveyed the arable lands in the Fitzroy, Ord and King River valleys.

The geology of a portion of West Kimberley, North West Australia, 1926 (File)

(15p. (ms.) 2 notes re provinence.

Fonds. E.J. Garwood, 1930-10-08; 1930-01-06 [ie. 1931]

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Edmund Johnston Garwood (1864-1949) was educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge. From 1901 until his retirement in 1931 he was professor of geology and mineralogy at London University. He was president of the Geological Society of London in 1930-32.

Letters, 1930-10-08; 1930-01-06 (ie. 1931) (File)

1 item

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J.W. Edgeworth David (Sydney University) to E.J. Garwood, 1930-10-08; 1930-01-06 [i.e. 1931] (Item)

Enlisting his support for J.W. Edgeworth David and R.J. Tillyard to publish on pre-Cambrian fossils, news of Sir Douglas Mawson and other scientists.

Fonds. Geological Society of London, [1846]

2 items

Foreign collections: North and South America, West Indies, Australasia, Islands of the Pacific.

Filmed selectively.

Index to Collection from Australia, New Zealand, Pacific. (File ff. 77-100)

(Specimens donated by Sir Thomas Mitchell, Australian Agricultural Society, J.B. Jukes, Professor Huxley).

Museum catalogues: miscellaneous, [1846] (File)

1 item
[Jukes collection from Australia], [1846] (Item 12-18v)

Fonds. Julius Haast, 1867 - 1869

4 items

Biographical / Historical

Sir (Johann Franz) Julius von Haast (1822-1887) was born in Prussia and educated at the University of Bonn. He settled in Frankfurt, where he worked in the book trade. He travelled to New Zealand in 1858 and immediately undertook geological surveys in the Auckland and Nelson districts. In 1861 he was appointed the provincial geologist in Canterbury. He founded the Philosophical Institute of Canterbury in 1862 and became director of the Canterbury Museum in 1868. He was also one of the founders of Canterbury College and was the first professor of geology from 1876 until his death.

Correspondence, 5 April 1868 - 1869 (File A)

3 items
Haast (Christchurch) to R. Owen re purchase of his collection of fossils, 5 April 1868 (Item)
W. Flower (British Museum (Natural History)) to Owen, 6 June 1868 (Item)

Re arrival of Dinornis bones from Haast.

Specimens selected for British Museum, 1869 (Item)

3 lists of Dinornis bones (8p.), 1867 (File B)

Measurements of Dinornis bones obtained from a swamp at Glenmark by Haast. (14p.), [n.d.] (File C)

6 photographs of Dinornis skull and notes by Haast (2p.), 6 December 1869 (File D)

Fonds. E.T. Hardman, 13 February 1886 - 2 December 1886

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Edward Townley Hardman (1845-1887) was born in Ireland and educated at the Royal College of Science in Dublin. He joined the Geological Survey of Ireland in 1870. In 1883 he arrived in Western Australia as the temporary government geologist. He accompanied survey parties to the Kimberley region in 1883 and 1884 and investigated gold prospects. He also described the geology of the Bunbury-Nannup district. He returned to Ireland in 1885.

C.J. Nicoloy (Freemantle) to R. Scott, 13 February 1886 (File A)

Re Hardman collection sent to London for London, Colonial and Indian Exhibition, 1886, and sending a fossil crayfish. (2p.)

List of fossils from Western Australia. (1p.), 2 December 1886 (File B)

Fonds. Hastings Museum and Art Gallery, 24 December 1868 - 16 May 1964

7 items

Moa and Dodo presentation manuscripts. Filmed selectively.

Descriptive list of collection by A.P. Harvey (British Museum (Natural History)), 16 May 1964 (File f.1)

John L. Worthington (Queenstown, New Zealand) to father, 24 December 1868 (File ff.9-14)

Re Moa bones - problems of sending via agents in Dunedin; Maori traditions re Moa; finding the bones.

J.L. Worthington (Lowestoft) to Richards: re Moa bones., 30 September (n.y.) (File ff.21)

Correspondence between J. Manwaring August 1963 Baines (Hastings) and E.I. White (British Museum (Natural History)), December 1962-29 (File ff.22-267)

Re presenting Moa and Dodo bones.

List of Moa bones presented to British Museum (Natural History), 14 December 1962 (File f.28)

Correspondence between Baines and White re presenting Moa and Dodo bones, 27 March 1962 - 29 March 1962 (File ff.29-30)

British Museum (Natural History) notice: re Moa bones (File f.31)

Fonds. William D. Lang, 19 July 1938 - 23 March 1965

6 items

William D. Lang (1878-1966). Correspondence.

Biographical / Historical

William Dickson Lang (1878-1966) was born in India and educated at Harrow School and Pembroke College, Cambridge. In 1902 he joined the staff of the geology department of the British Museum (Natural History). He was keeper of the department from 1928 until his retirement in 1938. A prolific writer, he wrote several papers on the geology and palaeontology of the Dorset coast.

Series Box H-I. Correspondence, 19 July 1938 - 23 March 1965

4 items

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Fred J. Harris (Brisbane): re lack of fossils in Australia, 26 November 1959 (File)
Letters (File)

19 July 1938;10 April 1939;6 Sept. 1941; 25 Nov. 1948;14 July 1955; Dec 1960; 1 May 1964; 23 March 1965.

Election form for Royal Society, with D. Hill listed as selected candidate (File)

Series Box U-Z. Correspondence, 21 April 1951 - 27 March 1954

2 items

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A.W. Whitelaw (Auckland): seeking news of Hebe, family news, 27 March 1954 (File)
Mrs. J. Wyatt (Auckland): re exchange of shells, 21 April 1951 (File)

Fonds. E.L. Layard, 1886

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Edgar Leopold Layard (1824-1900), the brother of the archaeologist Sir Austen Layard, was born in Florence. He lived in Ceylon and South Africa for about 20 years, collecting zoological and ornithological specimens and publishing Birds of South Africa (1867). As British Commissioner in Fiji in 1874-75 he played a central role in the annexation of Fiji. He was later honorary consul at Noumea and he and his son Leopold travelled widely in the Pacific islands collecting birds.

Note and label: re fossil ammonite from New Caledonia, (1p.), 1886 (File)

Fonds. Sir J.H. Lefroy, 1885

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Sir John Henry Lefroy (1817-1890) served in the Royal Artillery and was director-general of ordnance in 1868-70. He was appointed governor of Bermuda in 1871 and was administrator of Tasmania in 1880-81.

Note and label, 1885 (File)

Re bivalves from permo-carboniferons obtained when excavating for new fort, opposite Hobart Tasmania. (1p.)

Fonds. J. Lhotzky, [1837]

1 item

Biographical / Historical

John Lhotsky (1795?-1866) was born in Galicia and educated in Prague, Berlin and Vienna, becoming a doctor of medicine. He arrived in Sydney in 1832 and in 1834 he travelled to the Monaro region and explored the Australian Alps. He moved to Hobart in 1836 and collected geological and botanical specimens. He left Australia in 1838 and spent the rest of his life in London.

Catalogue of geological specimens [from Tasmania] for inspection of Koenig Esq., British Museum (2p.), [1837] (File)

Fonds. A. Lumsden, [1880?]

1 item

Notes on Lumsden collection of Tertiary fossils from Labuan, Borneo and notes on the geology of Labuan by R. Etheridge Jnr. (8p.), [1880?] (File)

Fonds. Gideon A. Mantell, 5 September 1849

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Gideon Algernon Mantell (1790-1852) was born in Lewes, Sussex. He was apprenticed to a local surgeon and purchased his own medical practice in 1816. As a young man, he became interested in fossil shells and by 1819 he began to find large animal fossils from a quarry near Cuckfield. He discovered several genera of dinosaurs. He was the author of The fossils of the South Downs (1822) and The geology of the south-east of England (1833). His son Walter Mantell migrated to New Zealand in 1839.

Mantell (London) to [unknown], 5 September 1849 (File)

Re fossil bird; news of Walter in New Zealand and his discoveries. (2p.)

Fonds. Melbourne - National Museum, 22 October 1908

1 item

List of silurian fossils from Victoria sent by the National Museum in exchange to British Museum (Natural History) (2p.), 22 October 1908 (File)

Fonds. Sir Thomas Mitchell, 14 October 1830 - 29 July 1831

4 items


Biographical / Historical

Sir Thomas Livingstone Mitchell (1792-1855) joined the Army in 1811 and served in the Peninsular War. He travelled to Australia in 1827 and was surveyor-general of New South Wales from 1828 until his death.

Mitchell (Sydney) to Dr. Fitton, 14 October 1830 (File)

Sending fossil bones from limestone cave; geology of New South Wales. (8p.)

Colonel H. Dumooresq (New South Wales) to Dr. Fitton, 22 February 1831 (File)

Re fossils found in caves near Wellington Valley by Dr. Henderson; news of Sturt's expedition. (8p.)

Thomas Stapleton (London) to Dr. Fitton: re arrival of cases from Sydney (1p.), 31 March 1831 (File)

William Clift (London) to W. Lonsdale: re Mitchell's specimens (1p.), 29 July 1831 (File)

Fonds. T.P. Moody, 2 December 1886 - 4 December 1886

1 items

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Pearson Moody (1841-1917), the son of a colliery manager in Wales, came to Australia in 1861. He was the manager and surveyor of a colliery at Waratah, New South Wales, and in 1875 became the manager of the Australasian Coal Company. He moved to New Zealand in 1878 where he managed the Bay of Islands Coal Company.

Correspondence re fossils from Russell, NZ. (5p.), 2 December 1886 - 4 December 1886 (File)


J.S. Lea (Russell) to Fletcher, 4 December 1886, Re specimens of coal and fossils from mines of Bay of Islands Coal Co. at Kawa Kawa.

T.P. Moody (Kawa Kawa), 2 December 1886, Notes on specimens presented.

Fonds. New Zealand Geological Survey, 4 October 1912

1 item

List of Tertiary Mollusca from New Zealand presented by J. Allan Thomson (1p.), 4 October 1912 (File)

Fonds. Richard Bullen Newton, 1897 - 1901

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Richard Bullen Newton (1854-1926) joined the Geological Survey in 1867 and later worked as a naturalist with Thomas Huxley. He joined the geological department of the British Museum in 1880 and remained there until his death. He had a special interest in tertiary mollusca.

Notes on boulders collected in West Central Borneo by GAF Molengraaf, (6p.), 1897 - 1901 (File)

Fonds. H. Alleyne Nicholson, 27 October 1889 - 16 November 1889

1 item

Biographical / Historical

Henry Alleyne Nicholson (1844-1899) was born in Penrith and educated at the universities of Gottingen and Edinburgh. His early interest was geology and he wrote a Manual of palaeontology (1872). He was professor of natural history at the University of Toronto (1871-74), the University of St Andrews (1875-82) and the University of Aberdeen (1882-98).

Nicholson (Aberdeen) to Woodward: re stromatoporoids from Western Australia (4p.), 1889-10-27; 1889-11-16 (File)

Fonds. David J. Scourfield, 1920 - 24 August 1935

4 items

Papers re work on Rhynie Chert Fossils.

Biographical / Historical

David Joseph Scourfield (1866-1949) was born in London and worked in the Royal Mint from 1886 to 1926. He became interested in natural history as a schoolboy and he acquired an extensive knowledge of freshwater microorganisms. He wrote over 80 scientific papers in his spare time or in retirement.

Series A. Red Box, 24 August 1935

1 item

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R.J. Tillyard (Canberra) to Scourfield, 24 August 1935 (File)

Re his ill health; restarting work on fossil insects. (1p.)

From 2nd envelope: 'Papers and correspondence re RS Grant'.

Series B. Correspondence envelope, 1920 - 1932

3 items
Subseries. Scourfield-Womersley correspondence, 1929 - 1932
1 item

Filmed selectively.

Letters from H. [unknown] Womersley (Perth, Adelaide, West Town, Cape Town) to Scourfield, and copies of Scourfield to Womersley, 1929 - 1941 (File)

Subjects include:

Scourfield's work on Rhynie Chert fossils; Dr. Tillyard; Womersley's work finding predatory mite to clear up Sminthurus viridis; his impressions of Australia. (58p.)

Subseries. Scourfield-Tillyard correspondence, 1920 - 1932
2 items
Letters from R.J. Tillyard (Canberra) to Scourfield and copies of Scourfield to Tillyard (14p.), 1920 - 1932 (File)
Calman (British Museum-(Natural History) to Scourfield, 20 September 1929 (File)

Re Tillyard; Rhynie Chert fossils; Tillyard's reprints and work on insects.

Fonds. Albert Charles Seward, 1914

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Albert Charles Seward (1863-1941) was educated at Lancaster Grammar School and St John's College, Cambridge. He was appointed a lecturer in botany at Cambridge University in 1890 and he was professor of botany from 1906 to 1936. He was the author of Fossil plants (4 vols., 1898-1919) and Jurassic flora (2 vols., 1900-4).

Report on fossil plants collected by members of Captain Scott's second Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913), 1914 (File A)

(Pagination erratic, 96p.) Typescript with ms. alterations.

Photographs and drawings of Antarctic fossil plants. 12 items, 1914 (File B)

Fonds. C. Davies Sherborn, 22 May 1894 - 10 November 1934

3 items

Biographical / Historical

Charles Davies Sherborn (1861-1942) worked in a London bookshop and studied at the Museum of Practical Geology. He was hired by the geology department at the British Museum (Natural History) to clean and prepare fossils and started to compile bibliographies. His Index animalium, 1758-1850, was published in 11 volumes between 1902 and 1932.

Series A. Index Nominum Animalium. Correspondence, August 1926 - 10 November 1934

2 items
1920-30 envelope, August 1926 - 10 August 1927 (File)
2 items

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Gilbert P. Whitley (Australian Museum) with omissions, 1926-08-63; 1926-10-18; 1926-12-10 (Item)
Gilbert P. Whitley (Australian Museum) with omitted fish names, 10 August 1927 (Item)
1930-39 envelope., 6 January 1931 - 10 November 1934 (File)
5 items

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Gilbert P. Whitley (Australian Museum) sending list of fish names omitted (2p.), 6 January 1931 (Item)
Anthony Musgraves (Australian Museum), 16 January 1931 (Item)

Re dates of publication, his work on Bibliography of Australian Entomological Literature, 1775-1929

T.L. Buick (Wellington), 26 May 1932 (Item)

Re correspondence between Owen, Harris and Rule on Moa bones.

Buick (Wellington): re photographs of Moa bones sent by Sherborn, 14 September 1932 (Item)
Buick (Wellington): re work on Moa, 10 November 1934 (Item)

Series B. Index to Foram: Letters of appreciation, 22 May 1894

1 item

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N. Howchin (Goodwood East), 22 May 1894 (File 22)

Fonds. William Herbert Squires, 20 September 1881 - 19 July 1882

1 item

Biographical / Historical

In 1878 H.L. Squires obtained near Queenstown, New Zealand, the remains of a moa with skin still attached to the head and feet. He forwarded it to the British Museum and it was the basis of the species Diornis didinus of Richard Owen.

Correspondence concerning the remains of moa found at Queenstown and purchased by H.L. Squires, 20 September 1881 - 19 July 1882 (File)

Correspondents include A. Gunther (British Museum), W.H. Squires (Clevedon); John Sanderson and Co.(Melbourne); Henry Woodward (British Museum (Natural History)); Mary Squires (Hereford). 27p.

Includes cuttings from Tuapeka Times November 1878 re finding of bones, annotated by R[ichard] O[wen].

Fonds. I.A. Stigand, 10 March 1906

2 items

I.A. Stigand (Solo, Java): re fossils collected in East Borneo, 10 March 1906 (File)

British Museum (Natural History), note re fossils (3p.) (File)

Fonds. E.C. Stirling, 4 March 1893 - 22 November 1906

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edward Charles Stirling (1848-1919) was born in South Australia, graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, and worked as a surgeon in London hospitals. He was the first professor of physiology at Adelaide University and director of the South Australian Museum from 1884 to 1912.

Notes, correspondence, photographs and press cuttings: re bones of Diprotodon australis sent to the British Museum (Natural History) by the Public Library Museum and Art Gallery of South Australia., 4 March 1893 - 22 November 1906 (File)

Correspondents include: Henry Hurst (Callabonna sheep station); John Kinmont (Edinburgh); E.C. Stirling (Adelaide); A Zietz (Adelaide). (c. 40p.)

13 photographs of assembled limbs and excavations of the bones at Lake Mulligan (File)

Fonds. Tasmania, c.1850

1 item

List of Paleozoic and Tertiary Mollusca from Tasmania (2p.), c.1850 (File)

Fonds. Sir Edmund O. Teale, 20 November 1925 - 11 December 1925

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Sir Edmund Teale (1874-1971), who changed his name from Thiele in 1917, was born in Melbourne. He attended the University of Melbourne and obtained a doctorate, with a thesis on the Palaeozoic geology of Victoria. He worked for the Geological Survey of Victoria and in 1908 transferred to the geological survey of German Tanganyika. He returned to Australia during World War I. In 1919 he was in West Africa and, with his colleague Albert Kitson, made the first discovery of gold deposits in the Gold Coast. He returned to Tanganyika and directed the geological survey until 1936. He wrote many papers and reports on the geology and mineral resources of East Africa.

Teale (Purley) to Dr. Lang (British Museum (Natural History), 11 December 1925 (File)

With list of his collection of Australian fossils (with locations) that he wishes to present to the museum. (3p.)

Lang (British Museum (Natural History) to Bather (British Museum (Natural History), 20 November 1925 (File)

Re accepting the collection. (2p.)

Fonds. R.D.M. Verbeek, 1874 - 1881

2 items

Biographical / Historical

Rogier Diederik Marius Verbeek (1845-1926) was a Dutch geologist whose journal Krakatau (1884-85) gave a first-hand account of the eruption of the volcanic island Krakatoa in 1883.

On the geology of Central Sumatra, 10 March 1875 (File A)

Ms. draft with ms. Alterations. (11p.)

Letters to Professor T. Rupert Jones concerning the paper, 1874 - 1881 (File B)


H.B. Brady (Newcastle, 1874-1875), 11 letters; C.M. Griesbach (British Museum (Natural History), 1876-1878), 3 letters; B. Everwijn (Batavia, 1874-1875), 2 letters; A. Gunther (British Museum (Natural History), 26 April 1875), 1 letter; H. Woodward (British Museum (Natural History), 1875-1879), 23 letters; W.J. Verbeek (Arnhem, 1875-1876), 2 letters; R.D.M. Verbeek (Sumatra, 1874-1881), 7 letters.

Fonds. Sir George H. Wilkins, 1923 - 10 September 1925

4 items

Papers relating to expedition to Australia to collect specimens for British Museum

Related Materials

See also Wilkins entry in Collectors Notes, Mammals Department list [].

Biographical / Historical

Sir (George) Hubert Wilkins (1888-1958) was born in South Australia and became a newspaper reporter, photographer and filmmaker. In 1923 he was commissioned by the British Museum to travel in tropical Australia and collect plants, animals, insects, birds, minerals, fossils and Aboriginal artefacts. His book Undiscovered Australia (1929) was based on the two years that he spent in the northern regions of Australia.

Wilkins (London) to Dr. Bather (British Museum (Natural History): sending map and off print, 10 September 1925 (File 1))

Queensland Four mile maps sheet 15A (File 2))

Annotated by Wilkins to show where fossils were collected.

H.C. Richards and C. Hedley. A geological reconnaisance in North Queensland (File 3))


Reprinted from Transactions of Royal Geographical Society of Australia. Volume 1. (26p.)

Photographs of caves near Flinders River where fossils were found (File 4-9))

Annotated on back by Wilkins

Fonds. Arthur Smith Woodward, 18 May 1914 - 16 July 1920

3 items

Biographical / Historical

Sir Arthur Smith Woodward (1864-1924) graduated from Owens College, Manchester, and joined the geology department of the British Museum (Natural History) in 1882. He worked on the collection of fossil vertebrates and compiled the Catalogue of fossil fishes in the British Museum (4 vols., 1898-1901). He was keeper of the department of geology from 1901 to 1924.

Ms. of Monographs, n.d. (File)

3 items

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The extinct animals of Australia (12p.), n.d. (Item A. IV)
Difficult (20p.), n.d. (Item B. VI)

(Refs. to Owen's creation of 'Great Horned Lizard of Australia', etc.)

Marsupials (2p.), n.d. (Item C)

Congratulations on Knighthood' envelope, 16 July 1920 (File)

1 items

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Georgina King (Sydney): re her work and publications, 16 July 1920 (Item)

'Diploma etc' envelope, 18 May 1914 (File)

1 item
R.H. Cambage (Sydney), 18 May 1914 (Item)

Re award of Clarke Memorial medal to Arthur Smith Woodward by Royal Society of NSW.

Fonds. James Hay Young, 20 January 1916

1 item

Young (Meredith) to R. Buller Newton with list of fossils he is sending to the Museum (3p.), 20 January 1916 (File)