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Biographical entry Gillen, Francis James (1855 - 1912)

Born
28 October 1855
Little Para, South Australia, Australia
Died
5 June 1912
Woodville, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Anthropologist and Ethnologist

Summary

Francis Gillen worked on the overland telegraph line from 1875 and was appointed the Alice Springs post and telegraph station master in 1892. He assisted on the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia in 1894 and later continued to work with W.B. Spencer.

Details

Events

1926
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus gillenii Ewart & L.R.Kerr was named in his honour

Archival resources

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

  • Baldwin Spencer - Records, 1880 - 1929, ML MSS 29; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Francis James Gillen - Records, 1901 - 1902; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Francis James Gillen - Records, 1901 - 1902, PRG 54; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Gillen, F. J., Gillen's modest record: his journal of the Spencer-Gillen anthropological expedition across Australia, 1901-02 (Adelaide: Friends of the State Library of South Australia, 2017), 538 pp. Details

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Edited Books

  • Morton, S.R. and Mulvaney, D.J. eds, Exploring Central Australia: Society, the Environment and the 1894 Horn Expedition (Sydney: Surrey Beatty & Sons, 1996), 408 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, John, Morphy, Howard and Petch, Alison eds, 'My dear Spencer': the letters of F.J. Gillen to Baldwin Spencer (South Melbourne: Hyland House, 1997), 554 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gibson, Jason, 'Addressing the Arrernte: F. J. Gillen's 1896 Engwura Speech', Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2013 (1) (2013), 57-72. Details

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See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details
  • Mulvaney, John, '"Annexing All I Can Lay Hands On": Baldwin Spencer as Ethnographic Collector' in The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise, eds (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2008), pp. 141-59. Details
  • Olsen, Penny and Russell, Lynette, Australia's first naturalists: indigenous peoples' contribution to early zoology (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2019), 223 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.