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Biographical entry Etheridge, Robert (Junior) (1847 - 1920)

23 May 1847
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England
5 January 1920
Colo Vale, New South Wales, Australia
Museum curator and Palaeontologist


Robert Etheridge was a member of the Geological Survey of Victoria 1866-1869 and joined the Geological Survey of New South Wales in 1887. Between 1895-1920 he was Director of the Australian Museum, Sydney and published widely on ethnography and palaeontology. His book The dendroglyps or 'carved trees' of New South Wales (1918) includes drawings showing carved tree designs.

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Archival resources

Geological Survey of South Australia

  • Robert (Jnr) Etheridge - Records, 1890 - 1908; Geological Survey of South Australia. Details

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

  • Robert (Jnr) Etheridge - Records, 1895 - 1904; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Henry Deane - Records, 1847 - 1933, MS 610; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Basedow, Herbert; Rainbow, W.J.; Etheridge, R. & Musgrave, Anthony, Narrative of an expedition of exploration in north-western Australia, W.K. Thomase & Co., Printers, Adelaide, 1918, 295 pp. Details
  • Etheridge, Robert, The dendroglyphs or "carved trees" of New South Wales, Department of Mines, Sydney, 1918, 104 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010, 344 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Nairn, Bede; Serle, Geoffrey; Walsh, G. P., 'Etheridge, Robert, Junior (1846-1920), Palaeontologist and Museum Director', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 8, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981, pp. 436-437. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Dun, W.S., 'Obituary Robert Etheridge, Junior Palaeontologist, 1887 - 1895;Curator 1895 - 1917; Director and Curator, 1917 - 2910, with full publications list 15:1-10', Records of the Australian Museum, vol. 15, no. 1-10, 1927. Details
  • Etheridge, R., 'The Australian Museum. Fragments of its Early History', Records of the Australian Museum, vol. xi, xii, 1916, pp. 67-79; 339-399. Details
  • Etheridge, R., 'Obituary Notice [Edward Pierson Ramsay]', Museum Records, vol. 11, 1917, pp. 204-17. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.