Gregory Mathews

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Gregory Macalister Mathews CBE FRSE FZS FLS (10 September 1876 – 27 March 1949) was an Australian-born amateur ornithologist who spent all of his later life in England.

Life

He was born in Biamble in New South Wales the son of Robert H. Mathews. He was educated at The King's School, Parramatta.

Mathews made his fortune in mining shares, and moved to England in 1902. In 1910 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. His proposers were William Eagle Clarke, Ramsay Heatley Traquair, John Alexander Harvie-Brown and William Evans.[1]

He was Chairman of the British Ornithologists' Club from 1935 to 1938.[2] He was made CBE in 1939 for his services to ornithology.[3]

Mathews described M. s. musgravei, currently recognized as a subspecies of the splendid fairy-wren, in 1922 as a new species of bird.[4]

In 1939 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, and served as its president 1946–1947. He donated his ornithological library to the National Library of Australia in 1939.[3]

He died in Winchester on 27 March 1949.

Family

He married Mrs Marian Wynne, a widow.

Publications

Mathews contributed numerous papers to the ornithological literature, especially on avian taxonomy and nomenclature, as well as founding, funding, editing and being the principal contributor to the journal The Austral Avian Record. Monographic or book-length works authored or coauthored by him include:

  • 1908 – The Handlist of the Birds of Australia. (Based on A Handlist of Birds by Bowdler Sharpe).
  • 1910–1927 – The Birds of Australia Witherby: London. (12 volumes, assisted by Tom Iredale).
  • 1912 – The Reference List of the Birds of Australia. (Novitates Zoologicae, 18 January 1912).
  • 1913 – A List of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London.
  • 1920 – The Name List of the Birds of Australia.
  • 1921 – A Manual of the Birds of Australia. Volume I: Orders Casuarii to Columbae. Witherby: London. (With Tom Iredale. Only one volume published of a projected four).
  • 1924 – The Check-List of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London. (Comprising Supplements 1-3 of The Birds of Australia).
  • 1925 – The Bibliography of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London. (Comprising Supplements 4 and 5 of The Birds of Australia).
  • 1927 – Systema Avium Australasianarum. a Systematic List of the Birds of the Australasian Region. BOU: London. (2 volumes).
  • 1928 – The Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands and the Australian South Polar Quadrant. Witherby: London.
  • 1931 – A List of the Birds of Australasia, Including New Zealand, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, and the Australasian Antarctic Quadrant.
  • 1936 – A Supplement to the Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands to which is Added those Birds of New Zealand not figured by Buller. Witherby: London.
  • 1942 – Birds and Books: the Story of the Mathews Ornithological Library. Verity Hewitt Bookshop: Canberra.
  • 1943 – Notes on the Order Procellariiformes. (With Edward Hallstrom).
  • 1946 – A Working List of Australian Birds, including the Australian Quadrant and New Zealand. Shepherd Press: Sydney.

References

  1. ^ BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX OF FORMER FELLOWS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF EDINBURGH 1783 – 2002 (PDF). The Royal Society of Edinburgh. July 2006. ISBN 0 902 198 84 X. 
  2. ^ Bull. B.O.C. Vol. 58
  3. ^ a b Bull. B.O.C. Vol. 59
  4. ^ Mathews, G.M. (1922). The Birds of Australia. London: Witherby Vol. 10 [62].
  • Robin, Libby. (2001). The Flight of the Emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology 1901-2001. Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 0-522-84987-3

External links

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