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Biographical entry Minton, Clive Dudley Thomas (1934 - )

7 October 1934
Business executive and Ornithologist


Clive Minton is a businessman whose major hobby is waders. His expeditions to Broome helped to discover the significance of Roebuck Bay as a site where hundreds of thousands of migratory waders entered and departed from Australia each year. This contributed to the setting up of Broome Bird Observatory by the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union in 1988, the establishment of the Asian Wetland Bureau and the recognition of the East Asian Flyway through China to Siberia, resulting in the Japan-Australia Migratory Birds Agreement and the China-Australia Migratory Birds Agreement.


Born England, 7 October 1934. Educated University of Cambridge (BA 1957, MA 1959 in natural sciences, PhD in metallurgy 1960). Imperial Metal Industries Limited, Great Britain 1961-78; Managing Director, IMI Australia 1978-83; Human Resources Director, Myer Stores 1983-86; Deputy Chief, General Manager, Director of Policy Programmes, Health Department of Victoria 1986-88; Partner and Director of Melbourne Office, TASA International Executive Search 1988-92. Tucker Medal, British Trust for Ornithology; Fellow, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1998; John Hobbs Medal 2000. Founder Chairman, Wash Wader Ringing Group, the largest wader banding group in the world, introducing the use of rocket nets; Founder, Victorian Wader Study Group; foundation chairman, Australasian Wader Studies Group; Leader, North West Australia Wader Expeditions to Broome ca 1981 to date; Research Committee member, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1980-88; vice-President, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1989-95.

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  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001, 492 pp. Details

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