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Biographical entry Serventy, Vincent Noel (1916 - 2007)

6 January 1916
Armadale, Western Australia, Australia
8 September 2007
Naturalist, Author and Ornithologist


Vincent Serventy graduated from the University of Western Australia in both science and education. He later moved away from teaching into writing, lecturing and film making, and edited several naturalist magazines.


Born Armadale, Western Australia, 6 January 1916. Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to conservation and natural history, 29 January 1976. Educated University of Western Australia (BSc, BEd.) Teacher, Western Australia. Has edited several naturalist magazines (including Wildlife in Australia 1966-82), held executive positions in various Societies, and published a number of books on Australian wildlife. Books include The Australian Nature Trail (1965), Australian Wild Life Conservation (1968), The Great Barrier Reef (1970) and Australia; a Continent in Danger (1970). Australian Natural History Medallion 1974. President, Western Australian Naturalists' Club 1946-47, 1951. Brother of D.L. Serventy (q.v.).

His wife, Carol, has accompanied him on his wilderness adventures and has edited his writing since the 1960s.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Vincent Noel Serventy - Records, 1926 - 1972, MS 4655; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Vincent Noel Serventy - Records, 1972, DeB 582; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'Vincent Noel Serventy 6 January 1916 - 8 September 2007', Western Australian Naturalist, vol. 26, no. 3, 2008, pp. 151-6. Details
  • Charlton, Lorna, 'Vincent Serventy: the Story of an Australian Icon', Landscope , vol. 24, no. 4, 2009, pp. 9-14. Details
  • Serventy, V., 'Conservation of Wildlife and the Environment', BHP Journal, vol. 1, no. 80, 1980, pp. 24-33. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Stephens, Tony, 'Obituary - Green before movement became fashionable', The Age, 18 September 2007. Details

Online Resources

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

McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker