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Biographical entry Frith, Harold James (1921 - 1982)


16 April 1921
Kyogle, New South Wales, Australia
28 June 1982


Harry Frith was officer-in-charge of the Australian Bird-Banding Scheme 1960-1962 and Chief of the Division of Wildlife Research, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 1962-1981. His bird studies included the Malleefowl, Australian waterfowl and Magpie Geese. He was one of the first people to have the idea for a large national park in the Northern Territory, which finally led to the establishment of Kakadu.


Born Kyogle, New South Wales, 16 April 1921. Died Lismore, New South Wales, 28 June 1982. AO 1980. Educated University of Sydney (BScAgr 1941, DScAgr 1963). Lieutenant, Australian Imperial Forces 1941-45; Assistant Works Manager and Technologist, Griffith Cannery Pty Ltd 1945-46; Irrigation Research Station, Division of Plant Industry, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation 1946-50, Wildlife Survey Section 1951-62, Chief, Division of Wildlife Research 1962-81. Membre d'Honneur, Societe Ornithologique de France 1973; Corresponding Fellow, American Ornithologists Union 1973;. Fellow, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union 1974; Corresponding Member, Deutsche Ornithologen Gesellschaft 1974; Corresponding Member, British Ornithologists Union 1974; Fellow, Australian Academy of Science 1975, Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering 1975; Whitley Medal for Wildlife Conservation 1979; Whitley Medal for Pigeons and Doves of Australia 1982.

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Harold James Frith - Records, 1951 - 1995, MS 193; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Frith, H. J. and Calaby, J. H., Kangaroos, F.W.Cheshire, Melbourne, 1969, 209 pp. Details

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  • Robin, Libby, 'Frith, Harold James (1921-1982), Wildlife Biologist and Conservationist', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2007, pp. 413-415. Details

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See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001, 492 pp. Details

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Harold James Frith


McCarthy, G.J.