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Biographical entry Lucas, Thomas Pennington (1843 - 1917)

13 April 1843
Dunbar, Scotland
15 November 1917
Entomologist and Physician


Thomas Pennington Lucas was a medical practitioner with a keen interest in nature. He built up an impressive collection of Lepidoptera (butterflies and moths), which is now held by the South Australian Museum, and wrote widely in the field.



1876 - c. 1886
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Melbourne) and set up a medical practice
Career position - Member of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
c. 1886 -
Career position - Moved to Brisbane and continued his medical and entomological work
Career position - Sacred Songs and Nature Pieces book of poetry published in Brisbane (Edwards, Dunlop & Co.)

Published resources


  • Lucas, Thomas Pennington, Sacred Songs and Nature Pieces, Edwards, Dunlop & Co., Brisbane, 1914. Details
  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Thearle, M. John, 'Dr T. P. Lucas and the Paw Paw - "the most wonderful tree in the world"', in Atkins, Susanne, Kirkby, Kenneth, Thomson, Philip and Pearn, John (eds), "Outpost medicine": Australasian studies on the history of medicine: Third National Conference of the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Hobart, February 1993, University of Tasmania and the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Hobart, 1994, pp. 45-63. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Moulds, M. S., 'The history of Australian butterfly research and collecting', in Kitching, R. L., Scheermeyer, E., Jones, R. E. and Pierce, N. E. (eds), The biology of Australian butterflies, CSIRO Publications, Melbourne, 1999, pp. 1-24. Details

McCarthy, G.J.