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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

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.