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Biographical entry Chandler, Leslie Gordon (1888 - 1980)

Born
12 January 1888
Malvern, Victoria, Australia
Died
25 January 1980
Mildura, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Ornithologist and Photographer

Summary

Leslie Gordon Chandler was one of Australia's earliest bird photographers. He participated in Australia's first bird-banding scheme in 1912, using his skills as a jeweller to design metal bands that were not injurious to the birds' legs.

Details

Born Malvern, Victoria, 11 January 1888. Died Mildura, 25 January 1980. Jeweller 1903-15;15th field ambulance 1915-18; gassed 1918, discharged medically unfit 1919; took up a block at Red Cliffs as a soldier settler 1921 and established a vineyard there; had a travelling portfolio of nature photographs from 1922; published articles in a large number of journals and newspapers; nature correspondent, Sunraysia Daily. Member, Bird Observers' Club from 1907, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union from 1910 and Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria from 1914; foundation member, Sunraysia Field Naturalists' Club 1949; foundation member, Mildura Historical Society. Involved in having the Hattah-Kulkyne area declared a National Park in 1960. His nom-de-plume was 'Oriole'.

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Kloot, Tess, 'Chandler, Leslie Gordon (1888-1980), Journalist, Ornithologist and Encylopaedist', in John Ritchie (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 13, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993, p. 401. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A130445b.htm. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001, 492 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.