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Biographical entry Thomson, Donald Finlay Fergusson (1901 - 1970)

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Born
26 June 1901
Brighton, Victoria, Australia
Died
12 May 1970
Eltham, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Anthropologist

Summary

Donald Thomson was Professor of Anthropology, University of Melbourne 1964-1968. He had been associated with the University for many years as a Research Fellow and Associate Professor. He collected and studied widely on the Cape York Peninsula and in Arnhem Land.

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Events

1928
Career position - Led expedition to Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland
1929
Career position - Led expedition to Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland
1932 - 1933
Career position - Led expedition to Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland
1932 - 1937
Career position - Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
1935 - 1937
Career position - Led expedition to Arnhem Land
1936
Award - David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
1938
Award - Wellcome Gold Medal (London) received
1939 - 1944
Career position - Wing Commander with the Royal Australian Air Force
1945 - 1953
Career position - Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
1951
Award - Patron's Medal received from the Royal Geographical Society
1952
Award - Lewis Gold Medal received from the Royal Geographical Society of Australia, South Australian branch
1953
Award - Rivers Memorial Medal RAI received
1953 - 1964
Career position - Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne
1957
Career position - Led expedition to the Great Sandy and Gibson deserts in central Western Australia
1963
Career position - Led expedition to the Great Sandy and Gibson deserts in central Western Australia
1964 - 1968
Career position - Professor of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne
1965
Career position - Led expedition to the Great Sandy and Gibson deserts in central Western Australia

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Donald Fergusson Thomson - Records, 1930 - 1970; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Allen, Lindy, 'Tons and Tons of Valuable Material: the Donald Thomson Collection', in Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise (eds), The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008, pp. 387-412. Details
  • Morphy, Howard, 'Thomson, Donald Finlay Ferguson (1901-1970), Anthropologist and Zoologist', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 385-387. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160467b.htm. Details

Edited Books

  • Rigsby, Bruce and Peterson, Nicolas (eds), Donald Thomson, the Man and Scholar, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Canberra, 2005, 269 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituaries: Donald Fergusson Thomson; Noel Fulford Learmonth;', Emu, vol. 71, no. 2, 1971, pp. 88-89. Details
  • Inglis, Alison, 'Retirement and recollection: Dr Ray Marginson AM and the Donald Thomson Collection', University of Melbourne Collections, vol. 13, 2013, pp. 35-8. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Legge, J. W. and Gibson, F., 'Victor Martin Trikojus, 1902-1985', Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 6, no. 4, 1987, pp. 519-531. Also available at http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9870640519.htm. Details
  • Mirtschin, Peter, 'The Pioneers of Venom Production for Australian Antivenoms', Toxicon , vol. 48, no. 7, 2009, pp. 899-918. Details

McCarthy, G.J.