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Biographical entry Burrell, Henry James (1873 - 1945)

Born
19 January 1873
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
29 July 1945
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Naturalist

Summary

Henry James Burrell was a grazier who devoted much of his time to the study of the platypus and with A.S. Le Souef he published "The Wild Animals of Australasia" (1926). Burrell wrote widely on natural history subjects and was an active collector of specimens.

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Born Sydney, 19 January 1873. Died Sydney, 29 July 1945. OBE 1937. Some years as a comedian on the vaudeville stage; grazier, Manilla, New South Wales; established a small zoological garden with native fauna; studied the platypus and echidna and succeeded in keeping them alive in captivity; first person to exhibit platypuses both within and outside Australia; published "The Platypus; its discovery, zoological position form and characteristics, habits, life history, etc" (1927); moved to Sydney 1927. Much of his collecting was carried out for the University of Sydney and the commonwealth government, but he donated his excellent collection of photographic negatives to the Australian Museum, Sydney, and his unique complete sequence of monotreme exhibits to the Australian Institute of Anatomy, Canberra.

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Australian Museum

  • Henry James Burrell - Records, 1910 - 1945, Series 143; Australian Museum. Details

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

  • Harrison, Lancelot manuscript; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Henry James Burrell - Records, 1935 - 1936, ML MSS 874; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.