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Biographical entry Whitley, Gilbert Percy (1903 - 1975)

Born
9 June 1903
Swaythling, England
Died
July 1975
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Icthyologist and Entomologist

Summary

Gilbert Percy Whitley was Curator of Ichthyology at the Australian Museum from 1922 to 65, but he also had a passion for entomology. The fish of New Zealand, New Guinea and the South Pacific were of particular interest to him as were the insects of Tasmania, Eastern Australia and Lord Howe Island which he collected widely. Throughout his illustrious career, Whitley published over 500 works and assisted A. Musgrave in compiling the Bibliography of Australian Entomology 1775-1930 (1932). He also served on the councils of the Royal Australian Historical Society and the Anthropological Society of New South Wales and on the Great Barrier Reef Committee. Whitley was President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (on three separate occasions) and the Linnean Society of New South Wales. He retired in September 1964, but continued his research and field trips.

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Events

1921
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney) with his family
1922 - 1925
Career position - Staff member of the Australian Museum in Sydney
1925 - 1964
Career position - Ichthyologist, then Curator of Fishes at the Australian Museum
1934 -
Award - Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1936
Career position - Joint-Founder of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History
1940 - 1941
Career position - President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1942 - 1946
Career position - Seconded to the Division of Fisheries at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR)
1959 - 1960
Career position - President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
1963 - 1964
Career position - President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1967
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion received from the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria
1970
Award - Clarke Memorial Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1973 - 1974
Career position - President of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Gilbert Percy Whitley - Records, 1942 - 1964, MS 022; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Australian Museum

  • Gilbert Percy Whitley - Records, 1922 - 1965, Series 136; Australian Museum. Details
  • Gilbert Percy Whitley - Records, c. 1922 - 1965, Series 139; Australian Museum. Details

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

  • Gilbert Percy Whitley - Records, 1831 - 1933, ML MSS 1032; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Gilbert Percy Whitley - Records, 1942, ML DOC 888; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Gilbert Percy Whitley - Records, 1919 - 1975, ML MSS 3069; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Murray, Maree; Roach, John, 'Whitley, Gilbert Percy (1903-1975), Ichthyologist and Author', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 542-543. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A160645b.htm. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Lhotsky, John (b. 1800), naturalist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 2, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1967, pp. 114-115. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A020100b.htm. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Laporte, Francois Louis Nompar De Caumont, Comte De Castelnau (1810-1880), naturalist and diplomat', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, pp. 64-65. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050073b.htm. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Masters, George (1837-1912), entomologist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, pp. 223-224. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050253b.htm. Details
  • Whitley, G. P.; Rutledge, Martha, 'Krefft, Johann Ludwig (Louis) Gerard (1830-1881), zoologist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, pp. 42-44. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050051b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Gilbert Percy Whitley', Australian Zoologist, vol. 19, no. 1, 1976, pp. 111-112. Details
  • Iredale, T. and Whitley, G.P., 'Sir William Dennison as a Conchologist', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 1964, pp. 27-30. Details
  • Iredale, T. and Whitley, G.P., 'John Roach, the Budgerigar, and the Unfortunate Officer', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, vol. 89, 1968, pp. 36-39. Details
  • McMichael, D. F. and Whitley, G. P., 'A Bibliography of Charles Francis Laseron with an Index to his New Genera and Species', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 1958, pp. 114-121. Details
  • McMichael, Donald F. and Whitley, Gilbert P., 'The Published Writings of Tom Iredale with an Index of his Scientific Names', The Australian Zoologist, vol. 12, 1956, pp. 211-250. Details
  • Whitley, G., 'Some Founders of Australian Fish Science', Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 9, 1948. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Tribute to Anthony Musgrave. With bibliography compiled by G. P. Whitley and Kathleen Pope', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, pp. 9-20. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Blandowski', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 49, 1932, pp. 90-96. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'George Tobin, a Neglected Naturalist', The Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 5, 1933, pp. 44-50. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'James Stuart, Ichthyologist', The Australian Zoologist, vol. 12, 1955, pp. 129-131. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'The Life and Work of Gerard Krefft', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 1958, pp. 21-34. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Charles Darwin in Australia', The Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 13, 1959, pp. 120-121. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Obituary: Francis Alexander McNeill [with bibliography]', Australian Zoologist, vol. 15, no. 2, 1960, pp. 214-223. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'William Holmes the Australian Museum's First Custodian', The Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 13, 1961, p. 306. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'The First Hundred Years', Australian Natural History, vol. 14, 1962, pp. 111-115. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'A Survey of Australian Ichthyology', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 89, 1964. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Francois Laporte, Count Castelnau, 1810-1880 [includes bibliography of writings]', Australian Zoologist, vol. 13, no. 2, 1965, pp. 93-102. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'John Lhotsky and the Australian Museum', Australian Natural History, vol. 15, no. 3, 1965, pp. 92-96. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'William Sheridan Wall and the Australian Museum', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 1965, pp. 42-44. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'William Galvin 1787-1873, an Early Australian Museum Custodian', Australian Zoologist, vol. 13, no. 4, 1966, p. 356. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'T. J. Lempriere, an Early Tasmanian Naturalist', Australian Zoologist, vol. 13, no. 4, 1966, pp. 350-355. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Hereward Leighton Kestevan (1881-1964) as a Conchologist', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, vol. 89, 1968, pp. 33-35. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Dr. E.A. Briggs, 1890-1969', Australian Zoologist, vol. 15, no. 2, 1969, p. 224. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., ''Endeavour's' Naturalists in Australia', Australian Natural History, vol. 16, no. 8, 1970, pp. 241-288. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Obituary. Sir Edward Hallstrom (1886-1970)', Australian Zoologist, vol. 15, no. 3, 1970, pp. 403-405. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'George Masters, Naturalist [includes bibliography]', Australian Zoologist, vol. 16, no. 2, 1971, pp. 25-32. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Life and Work of Tom Iredale (1880-1972) [includes lists of writings and proposed new names of species]', Australian Zoologist, vol. 17, no. 2, 1972, pp. 65-125. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Early Naturalist in Queensland [John MacGillivray]', North Queensland Naturalist, vol. 41, no. 162, 1973, pp. 3-4. Details
  • Whitley, G. P., 'Memorial Notice and Bibliography: Ellis Le Geyt Troughton, CMZS, FRZS (1893-1974)', Australian Zoologist, vol. 18, no. 3, 1975, pp. 219-238. Details
  • Whitley, G.P., 'John Gould's Associates', Emu, vol. 38, 1938. Details
  • Whitley, Gilbert P., 'Some Early Naturalists and Collectors in Australia', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. xix, 1933, pp. 291-304. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.