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Biographical entry Sharland, Michael (1899 - 1987)

Born
14 June 1899
Bellerive, Tasmania, Australia
Died
11 February 1987
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Naturalist, Journalist and Ornithologist

Summary

Michael Sharland was a journalist who had a keen interest in natural history, particularly birds. As well as publishing a number of books on birds and the natural history of Tasmania, he was a prize winning bird photographer.

Details

Born Bellerive, Tasmania, 14 June 1899. Died Hobart, 11 February 1987. Educated Campbelltown Grammar School. Early journalistic training with The Mercury (Hobart), for which he wrote a nature column in The Illustrated Tasmanian Mail and, after The Mail ceased publication, in Saturday's Mercury, under the pen-name Peregrine for 60 years (ca 1921-71). Sydney Morning Herald staff 1927-40; The Argus (Melbourne) from 1929, correspondent for Reuters in London; Chief Photographer, Australian Paratroop Battalion, attached to Visual Education Section, Air Board during World War II; The Mercury 1945-47; Superintendent of Scenic Reserves, Lands Department, Hobart 1947-62; Honorary Ornithologist, Tasmanian Museum, Hobart. Fellow, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales; President, Tasmanian Field Naturalists' Club 1945-46 and a life member; honorary life member and gold badge holder, Gould League of Bird Lovers, New South Wales; president, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1949-51; a founder, Bird Observers Association of Tasmania 1971 and a life member. Member, Tasmanian Fauna Board; member, Nomenclature Board. Published several books on birds and the natural history of Tasmania. Skilled photographer, particularly in black-and-white, winning two international awards for his bird photography. Books include Tasmanian Birds (1945), Stones of a Century (1952), Tasmanian Wild Life (1962) and Birds of the Sun (1966).

Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Michael Sharland - Records, NS 1179; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Roe, Michael, 'Sharland, Michael Stanley Reid (1899-1987), Naturalist, Conservationist, Journalist and Photographer', in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 18, 2012, p. 409. 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. & Rosanne Walker