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Biographical entry Hedley, Charles (1862 - 1926)

Born
27 February 1862
Masham, Yorkshire, England
Died
14 September 1926
Mosman, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Naturalist

Summary

Charles Hedley was a self-taught naturalist with a keen interest in shells and coral reefs. He eventually became Assistant Curator at the Australian Museum (1908 -1920) then Scientific Director of the Great Barrier Reef Committee. Hedley migrated first to New Zealand and then to Australia to help relieve his chronic asthma. He started oyster farming in Morton Bay, and later set up an orchard on Boyne Island. After injuring his arm, Hedley gave up his farming career and joined the Queensland Museum as a volunteer (1888). Within a year he was appointed to the Museum's staff. In 1891 Charles Hedley became Scientific Assistant at the Australian Museum where he remained until March 1924 when he resigned.

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Events

1881
Life event - Migrated to New Zealand
1882
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Queensland)
1888
Career position - Voluntary worker at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane
1889 -
Award - Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
1889 - 1891
Career position - Staff member of the Queensland Museum
1890
Career position - Collecting expedition to Papua
1891 - 1896
Career position - Scientific Assistant at the Australian Museum in Sydney
1896
Career position - Royal Society of London expedition to Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands
1896 - 1907
Career position - Conchologist at the Australian Museum
1897
Career position - Collection expedition to New Caledonia
1908 - 1920
Career position - Assistant Curator at the Australian Museum
1909 - 1911
Career position - President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1914
Career position - President of the Royal Society - New South Wales
1916
Award - David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
1921 - 1924
Career position - Principal Keeper of Collections at the Australian Museum
1924
Career position - Scientific Director of the Great Barrier Reef Committee

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Archival resources

Australian Museum

  • Charles Hedley - Records, 1895 - 1919, Series 29; Australian Museum. Details
  • Charles Hedley - Records, Series 71; Australian Museum. Details

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

  • Baldwin Spencer - Records, 1880 - 1929, ML MSS 29; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Australian Zoologist, vol. 4, no. 5, 1926, pp. 289-290. Details
  • 'Charles Hedley, 1862-1926', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 61, 1936, pp. 209-220. Details
  • Archives of Natural History, vol. 15, no. 3, 1988, pp. 269-280. Details
  • Hedley, Charles, 'The Australian Journal of Dr. W. Stimpson, Zoologist. With an Introduction by Charles Hedley', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. xlviii, 1914, pp. 140-151. Details
  • Iredale, T., 'Charles Hedly's Papers Indexed', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, 1956, pp. 118-139. Details
  • Iredale, T., 'Charles Hedley', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales, vol. 88, 1967, pp. 26-31. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.