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Biographical entry Brazier, John William (1842 - 1930)

Born
23 September 1842
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
20 August 1930
Lidcombe, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Conchologist

Summary

John William Brazier undertook extensive collections of shells along the New South Wales coast and the Barrier Reef and was a conchologist at the Australian Museum, Sydney 1880-93.

Details

Born Sydney, 23 September 1842. Died Sydney, 20 August 1930. Accompanied his father, a captain of a whaler, on a cruise 1855 and acquired an interest in natural history, especially shell collecting; accompanied Julius Benchley on the cruise of H.M.S. "Curacoa" to Norfolk Island, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, the New Hebrides, the Solomons and New Caledonia; "Eclipse" expedition to the Great Barrier Reef 1871; on H.M.S. "Blanche" to the Solomon Islands, New Guinea and the Marshall Islands 1872; Noumea and New Caledonia 1873; dredging cruise along the coast of New South Wales in the "Pea Hen" 1874, collecting on behalf of Sir William Macleay; member of Macleay's expedition in the "Chevert" to New Guinea via the Great Barrier Reef 1875; later collecting activities largely along the New South Wales coast; conchologist, Australian Museum, Sydney 1880-93. One of the founders of the Linnean Society of New South Wales 1874, and the first paper published in the Society's "Proceedings" was by him. Many species of shell named after him.

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Archival resources

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

  • John William Brazier - Records, 1860 - 1893, A732; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • John William Brazier - Records, 1872, CP Pos 681; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • John William Brazier - Records, 1870 - 1893, A1465; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • John William Brazier - Records, 1869, ML MSS 975; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Linnean Society of New South Wales - Records, 1826 - 1970, ML MSS 2009; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Iredale, T., 'John Brazier. Conchologist', The Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 4, 1930, pp. 113-114. Details
  • Iredale, T., 'Obituary Notice: John Brazier', Conchology (London), vol. 19, 1931. Details
  • Iredale, T., 'John Brazier 1842-1930', Nautilus, vol. 44, 1931. Details
  • Iredale., T., 'John (William) Brazier', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 1956, pp. 105-118. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.