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Biographical entry White, Samuel (1835 - 1880)

15 June 1835
St Johns Wood, England
16 November 1880
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Samuel White managed his father's property at Tatiara, South Australia from the 1850s and began collecting ornithological specimens. He led a number of expeditions in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, as well as north of Australia. On one of these expeditions he found a new blue wren, Malurus callainus.


Born London, 15 June 1835. Died Sydney, 16 November 1880. Arrived Australia 1842. Managed his father's station, Tatiara, in the south-east of South Australia during the 1850s. After his father's death in 1860 he began a series of collecting expeditions, including along the Murray River (1863, 1865); north of Lake Eyre 1863; west of Spencer Gulf 1865; Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria 1867-68; North Queensland 1871, 1878-79; Torres Straits islands 1878-79; Aru Islands, Arafura Sea 1880.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Edward Pearson Ramsay - Records, 1860 - 1912, ML MSS 563; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources


  • White, S. A., The Life of Samuel White, Adelaide, 1920. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Parker, S. A., 'Samuel White's Ornithological Explorations in Northern South Australia in 1863', South Australian Ornithologist, vol. 28, no. 5, 1980, pp. 113-119. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.