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Biographical entry Gurney, William Butler (1882 - 1939)

2 May 1882
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
21 September 1939
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


William Gurney was a well travelled entomologist. He worked for the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Agriculture for over thirty years, being the Government entomologist from 1923. This post saw him make research tours and collection expeditions to the United States of America, England, Europe, India and Africa. He wrote many scientific articles, especially in the Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales and his insect collections were sent to NSW, Queensland and Victoria.



1900 - 1923
Career position - Assistant in the Department of Agriculture in New South Wales
1923 -
Career position - Government Entomologist with the NAW Department of Agriculture
Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
Career position - NSW delegate to the 4th International Congress of Entomology at Cornell University
1928 - 1929
Career position - Research tours of the USA, England, France and Italy
Career position - Research and collection expedition to India and East Africa

Published resources


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

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Mr. W. B. Gurney', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 2, no. 2, 1939, p. 50. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.