Biographical entry Milligan, Alexander William (1858 - 1921)
Sulky Gully, near Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
- 30 March 1921
- Natural history collector and Ornithologist
Alexander William Milligan was Honorary Consulting Ornithologist to the Western Australian Museum 1901-1908 (?). He was a member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union Checklist Committee that produced the first Official Check-list of the Birds of Australia (1912).
Born Sulky Gully, near Ballarat, Victoria 1858. Died St Kilda, Victoria, 30 March 1921. Educated at Guildford, near Castlemaine. Moved to Western Australia in 1897 and appointed temporary accountant, Department of Lands and Surveys; clerk, firm of legal practitioners in Perth; Honorary Consulting Ornithologist to the Western Australian Museum from 1901; travelled extensively in south western Australia, collecting; legal firm, Victoria from 1908. Foundation member, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1901, member of Checklist Committee that produced the first Official Check-list of the Birds of Australia, adopted at Launceston, 19th November 1912, with report. A number of birds were named after him by G.M. Mathews (q.v.).
- 'Milligan, Alexander William (1858-1921)', Trove, National Library of Australia, 2009, http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-1476030. 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 July 2012
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