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Biographical entry Carter, Herbert James (1858 - 1940)

Born
23 April 1858
Marlborough, Wiltshire, England
Died
16 April 1940
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Entomologist and Teacher

Summary

Herbert Carter, a schoolmaster, was an active collector and entomologist with a particular interest in Coleoptera (beetles and weevils). He was noted for his meticulous taxonomy and the usefulness of his keys. In retirement he was an honorary entomologist to the Australian Museum and published about 60 papers on entomological subjects. His publications included the descriptions of over 50 new genera and 1,200 species in the Tenebrionidae, Buprestidae, Cistelidae, Dryopidae, Cerambycidae and Colydiidae, and formed the basis of future studies of these sections of the Australian fauna. Gulliver in the bush (1933) was his account of numerous collecting expeditions with some of the leading naturalists in New South Wales. Carter's collections were dispersed to the National Museum of Victoria by purchase in 1923/5; the Australian Museum received hundreds of specimens including types in 1936; and after his death the Australian National Insect Collection received nearly 23,000 specimens in 5,500 species.

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Events

1881
Education - BA, University of Cambridge
1882
Life event - Migrated to New South Wales
1882 - 1901
Career position - Assistant (later Senior) Mathematics Master, Sydney Grammar School
1902 - 1914
Career position - Principal and owner, Ascham girls school, Edgecliff, Sydney, New South Wales
1905 - 1907
Career position - Council Member, Australian Naturalists' Society of New South Wales
1907 - 1909
Career position - Vice-President, Australian Naturalists' Society of New South Wales
1914
Life event - Retired
1914? - 1940?
Career position - Honorary Entomologist, Australian Museum
1920 - 1939
Career position - Fellow, Linnean Society of New South Wales
1925 - 1926
Career position - Joint Editor with A. W. Jose, The Australian encyclopaedia (Sydney, 1925-26)
1925 - 1926
Career position - President, Linnean Society of New South Wales
1931 - 1940
Career position - Fellow, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales

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Archival resources

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

  • Angus & Robertson - Records, 1824 - 1933, ML MSS 314; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Arthur Wilberforce Jose - Records, 1919 - 1925, A7273; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Herbert James Carter - Records, 1927 - 1940, ML MSS 1772; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Books

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

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Blair, K. G., 'H. J. Carter', Entomologist’s Monthly Magazine, vol. 76, 1940, p. 159. Details
  • McKeon, K. C., 'An important donation to the Museum', Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 6, 1936, p. 54. Details
  • McKeon, K. C., 'Herbert James Carter', Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 7, 1940, pp. 167-8. Details
  • Walkom, A. B., 'Herbert James Carter, 1858-1940 (Memorial Series No. 9)', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 68, 1959, pp. 91-94. Details
  • Zeck, E. H., 'Herbert James Carter 1858 - 1940', Australian Naturalist, vol. 10, 1941, pp. 273-4. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Upton, M. S., A Rich and Diverse Fauna: the history of the Australian National Insect Collection 1926 - 1991, CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne, 1997, 386 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn