Biographical entry Middleton, William George Dyer (Bill) (1926 - )
- Forester and Ornithologist
William George D. (Bill) Middleton, the District Forester for Wimmera Forest Nursery in Wail (1959-76), was awarded an OAM in January 1999, 'for service to conservation and the environment, and to land management.' He has worked for many years, largely through the Trust for Nature Victoria, for the preservation of native vegetation and bird habitat.
Son of Antarctic expeditioner (1915) Dr Fred Middleton, William George Dyer (Bill) Middleton grew up in Nhill and was educated at the School of Forestry in Creswick. Like his father who hosted many visiting ornithologists, including Crosbie Morrison and Charles Bryant (qq.v), Bill introduced Ernst Mayr to the Wimmera in 1959, also American Roger Tory Peterson (1965, 1971), and British ornithologists Reg Moreau (1963) and Peter Scott (1971). Bill and Allan McEvey (q.v.) were the Australians working with J.D. McDonald (q.v.) on the first Harold Hall Expedition of the British Museum in 1962. Bill Middleton broadcasted regularly on ABC Wimmera Radio for fourteen years on gardens, birds and natural history and also did television work.
- 1941 -
- Career position - Member of the Royal Australian Ornathologists Union
- 1959 - 1976
- Career position - District Forester at the Wimmera Forest Nursery in Wail, near Dimboola, Victoria
- Career position - Harold Hall Expedition of the British Museum
- Award - Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) received
- 'Middleton, William George Dyer (1926-)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1476028. Details
- Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001, 492 pp. Details
Created: 22 March 2001, Last modified: 4 February 2010
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