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Biographical entry Gilbert, John (1810? - 1845)

Born
1810?
England
Died
28 June 1845
New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Naturalist and Explorer

Summary

John Gilbert was the principal collector in Australia for John Gould and was the naturalist on Ludwig Leichhardt's expedition to Port Essington 1844-1845.

Details

Events

1838 - 1844?
Career position - Zoological Assistant to John Gould
1844 - 1845
Career position - Naturalist to Ludwig Leichhardt's expedition to Northern Australian
1953
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus gilbertensis (Maiden & Blakely) S.T.Blake was named in his honour

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland

  • John Gilbert - Records, 1843 - 1845, OM81-100; John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • John Gilbert - Records, 1839 - 1842, LBWA/155A ..; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

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

  • John Gilbert - Records, 1839 - 1845; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • John Gould - Records, 1839 - 1843, ML MSS 547; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Western Australia Herbarium

  • John Gilbert - Records, 1842, 58(044) Gil; Western Australia Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Chisholm, A. H., The Incredible Year, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1940. Details
  • Chisholm, A. H., Strange New World: the Adventures of John Gilbert and Ludwig Leichardt, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1955. Details
  • Fisher, Clemency and Calaby, John, The Top of the Top End: John Gilbert's Manuscript Notes for John Gould on Vertebrates from Port Essington and Cobourg Peninsula (Northern Territory, Australia); with Comments on Specimens Collected during the Settlement Period 1838 to 1849, and Subsequently, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory, Darwin, 2009, 239 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Chisholm, A. H., 'Gilbert, John (1810?-1845), naturalist and explorer', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 441-442. Details
  • Chisholm, A. H., 'Gilbert, John (1810?-1845)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 441-442. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010407b.htm. Details
  • Fisher, Clemency Thorne, 'John Gilbert, 1812-1845', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details

Conference Papers

  • Jackes, Betsy R., 'Retracing the Botanical Steps of Leichhardt and Gilbert in June 1845', in Short, P.S. (ed.), History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988, Australian Systematic Botany Society, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 165-170. Details

Edited Books

  • Davis, William E., Recher, Harry E., Boles, Walter E. and Jackson, Jerome A. (eds), Contributions to the History of Australasian Ornithology , Nuttall Ornithological Club, Cambridge (Mass.) , 2008, 481 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Chisholm, A. H., 'The Story of John Gilbert.', Emu, vol. 39, 1940, pp. 156-176. Details
  • Chisholm, A. H., 'Birds of the Gilbert Diary', Emu, vol. 44, 1944, pp. 131-150. Details
  • Chisholm, A. H., 'An Explorer and His Birds. John Gilbert's Discoveries in 1844-5', 1945. Details
  • Chisholm, A. H., 'Some Early Letters in Australian Ornithology', Emu, vol. 63, 1964. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Queensland Botanists', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. xii, 1909, pp. 373-383. Details
  • Olsen, Penny, 'Mr Gilbert's Beautiful Parrakeet', National Library of Australia News, 2005. Also available at http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/131760/20120120-0944/www.nla.gov.au/pub/nlanews/2005/mar05/story-1.pdf. Details
  • Torrens, H. S., 'John Gilbert (1812-1845), the Australian Naturalist and Explorer: New Light on his Work in England', Archives of Natural History, vol. 14, no. 2, 1987, pp. 211-219. Details
  • Whittell, H. M., 'A Review of the Work of John Gilbert in Western Australia', Emu, vol. 41 & 51, 1941, pp. 112 - 129 & 117 & 131. Details
  • Whittell, H. M., 'The Visits of John Gilbert, Naturalist, to Swan River Colony', Journal of the Western Australian Historical Society, vol. 4, 1949, pp. 23-53. Details
  • Whittell, H. M., 'John Gilbert in Western Australia', Emu, vol. 41, 1951. Details
  • Whittell, H. M., 'John Gilbert's Notebook on Marsupials', Western Australian Naturalist, vol. 4, 1954, pp. 104-114. Details

Reviews

  • Longmore, N. W., review of Fisher, Clemency and Calaby, John, The Top of the Top End: John Gilbert's Manuscript Notes for John Gould on Vertebrates from Port Essington and Cobourg Peninsula (Northern Territory, Australia); with Comments on Specimens Collected during the Settlement Period 1838 to 1849, and Subsequently (2009), Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 22, 2011, pp. 180-1. Details
  • Short, P. S., 'Natural History Collecting at Port Essington', Review of: The top of the top end: John Gilbert's Manuscript Notes for John Gould on Vertebrates from Port Essington and Cobourg Peninsula (Northern Territory, Australia), Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, no. 143, 2010, pp. 13-7. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.