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Biographical entry Ogilby, James Douglas (1853 - 1925)

16 February 1853
Belfast, Ireland
11 August 1925
Queensland, Australia
Icthyologist and Taxonomist


James Ogilby was appointed to the Australian Museum in 1885 but was dismissed in 1890 due to his 'extreme and undiscriminating affinity for alcohol'. Following his dismissal for being drunk on the job, he undertook research there on a contract basis then worked for the Queensland Museum under various arrangements from 1901 to 1904 and 1913 to 1920. He was also honorary museum curator of the Amateur Fishermen's Association of Queensland for some years. When Ogilby died they set up and named the "J Douglas Ogilby Cottage" on Bribie Island in his memory. Ogilby was educated in Ireland and worked for the British Museum and in the USA before coming to Australia.



1871 - 1872
Education - Educated at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland
1885 - 1890
Career position - Scientific Assistant (zoology) at the Australian Museum
1887 -
Award - Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
Career position - Catalogue of Australian Mammals published
Career position - Edible Fishes and Crustaceans of New South Wales published

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Archival resources

John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland

  • James Douglas Ogilby - Records, 1853 - 1884, OM84-30; John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland. Details

Queensland Museum Archives

  • James Douglas Ogilby - Records, 1901 - 1925, 18/403; Queensland Museum Archives. Details

Published resources


  • Mather, Patricia, A Time for a Museum: a History of the Queensland Museum, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 1986, 365 pp. See pages 49-50, 54-56 and 162. Details

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Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.