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Biographical entry Tunney, John Thomas (1871 - 1929)

11 October 1871
Kojonup, Western Australia, Australia
10 June 1929
Kojonup, Western Australia, Australia


John Thomas Tunney worked as a collector for the Western Australian Museum 1895-1906. He collected throughout Western Australia and in 1902-03 made a collecting trip to the Northern Territory for Lord Rothschild of the Tring Museum. G.M. Mathews (q.v.) named a number of species after him.


Born Kojonup, Western Australia, 11 October 1871. Died Kojonup, 10 June 1929. Educated Albany. Messenger, Kojonup Post Office; construction gang erecting the overland telegraph between Albany and Eucla; survey party for an English land company in the south-west of Western Australia; mining survey company in the Coolgardie, Norseman and Ravensthorpe districts; natural history collector for the Western Australian Museum 1895-1906; farming, Kojonup until his death.

Archival resources

Western Australian Museum

  • John T. Tunney - Records, 1897 - 1910; Western Australian Museum. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Chadwick, Ross, '"Your Obedient Servant": the John Tunney Collection at the Western Australian Museum', in Peterson, Nicolas, Allen, Lindy and Hamby, Louise (eds), The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008, pp. 255-77. Details

Journal Articles

  • Storr, G. M., 'J. T. Tunney's Itinerary in Northern Australia 1901-1903', Emu, vol. 66, no. 1, 1966, pp. 59-65. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.