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Biographical entry Morrison, Philip Crosbie (1900 - 1958)

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19 December 1900
Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
1 March 1958
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Naturalist, Science broadcaster and Ornithologist


Crosbie Morrison became Australia's best known naturalist during the 1940s and 1950s. He was the editor of Wild Life from 1938-1954 and broadcast regular weekly nature talks from 1938 until his death.


Born Auburn, Victoria, 19 December 1900. Died 1 March 1958. Educated University of Melbourne (MSc). Editor, Wild Life 1938-54; continuous weekly broadcast on nature talks from 1938 through Australian and New Zealand stations; lecturer in natural history, Melbourne University Extension Board (later Council of Adult Education) 1939-50; expeditions include Great Barrier Reef Committee 1925, first Mackay aerial survey of central Australia 1930 and a later trip across the Nullarbor with Sir Russell Grimwade (q.v.). Special writer, The Argus, Melbourne, since 1954. Australian Natural History Medallion 1947. President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria 1941-43; President, Royal Society of Victoria 1949-50; foundation president, Victorian branch, British Astronomical Association 1951-53; foundation president, Victorian National Parks Association 1952. Wrote Melbourne's Garden (1946).

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Archival resources

Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne

  • Audio tape of interview with P. G. Morrison, P000657; Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, University of Melbourne. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Philip Crosbie Morrison - Records, 1924 - 1960; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Brash, Stuart; Conde Anne-Marie; Robin, Libby; McCarthy, Gavan; Sherratt, Tim, A Guide to the Records of Philip Crosbie Morrison, Australian Science Archives Project, Melbourne, 1993, 178 pp. Details
  • Pizzey, Graham, Crosbie Morrison: Voice of Nature, Victoria Press, Melbourne, 1992, 303 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Balmford, Peter, 'Newspapers as a Source of Information about Natural History', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 102, no. 1, 1985, pp. 20-27. Details
  • Bartels, Ditta, 'Speech by Ditta Bartels at launch of the Guide to the Records of Philip Crosbie Morrison', History of Australian Science Newsletter, vol. 32, Australian Science Archives Project, Melbourne, 1994. Also available at Details
  • Garnet, J. R., 'A Tribute to Crosbie Morrison', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 75, 1958, pp. 21-24. Details
  • Robin, Libby, 'Visions of Nature: Wild Life, 1938-1954', The Victorian Naturalist, vol. 102, no. 5, September/October, pp. 153-61. Details
  • Robin, Libby, 'The Professor and the journalist: Crosbie Morrison and John Turner, scientists in popular conservation campaigns', Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 65, 1994, pp. 154-68. Details

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Digital resources

Morrison, Philip Crosbie Portrait


McCarthy, G.J.