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Biographical entry Blackburn, Thomas (1844 - 1912)

16 March 1844
Islington, England
28 May 1912
Woodville, South Australia, Australia
Entomologist and Priest


Thomas Blackburn was a Church of England clergyman. During his residence in Australia he described 3,069 species of Australian Coleoptera.


Born Islington, England, 16 March 1844. Died Woodville, near Adelaide, 28 May 1912. Educated University of London (BA 1868). Department of the Secretary for Inland Revenue; Church of England; ordained a Deacon by the Bishop of Manchester May 1869 and a Priest May 1870; in charge of the Parish of Greenhithe 1970-76; senior Priest and Chaplain to the Bishop, Honolulu 1876-82; Rector of St Thomas', Port Lincoln, South Australia 1882-86; Rector of St Margaret's, Woodville 1886-1912; Honorary Canon, St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide ca 1906-12. Honorary Curator in Entomology, South Australian Museum for many years. Examined all the beetles taken on the Elder Expedition and the Horn Expedition. He was a systematist and probably every worker at Australian Coleoptera during the last 25 years of his life would have sent him specimens at one time of another.

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

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McCarthy, G.J.