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Biographical entry McGilp, John Neil (1881 - 1963)

30 October 1881
Port Augusta, South Australia, Australia
12 October 1963
Pastoralist and Ornithologist


John McGilp worked on a number of properties in South Australia before moving in 1920 to Adelaide, where he served on a number of boards. He presented a collection of about 2,500 clutches of birds' eggs to the South Australian Museum - 67 of these had not previously been represented in the Museum.


Born Port Augusta, South Australia, 30 October 1881. Died Adelaide, 12 October 1963. OBE 1944. Educated Way College, Adelaide. Worked on various stations, including Carriewerloo (west of Port Augusta), Bungaree (near Clare), Moonaree (Gawler Ranges), North Bungaree (Clare) and his father's station, Moolawatana 1907-20; in Adelaide from 1920, serving on the Pastoral Board from 1930, the Land Board from 1936 (director from 1938) and the State Bank Board 1940-62. Foundation member, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union 1901 and president 1938-39; president, South Australian Ornithological Association 1935-36, 1948-49. Commissioner, National Park (later National Park and Wild Life Reserves) 1951-62; president, South Australian Stockowners' Association 1927-29; chairman, Dog Fence Board of South Australia 1950-57; member, Flora and Fauna Advisory Committee (South Australia), Marginal Lands Committee (1940) and Advisory Committee on Soil Conservation (1940).

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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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