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Biographical entry Pizzey, Graham (1930 - 2001)


4 July 1930
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
12 November 2001
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Natural history writer, Ornithologist and Photographer


Graham Pizzey wrote about and photographed Australia's birds and other animals. In 1991 he and his wife, Sue, established a home in 40 ha. of bushland adjacent to the Grampians/Gariwerd National Park near Dunkeld, Victoria, where they revitalised habitats by creating wetlands and planting local vegetation.


Born Melbourne, 4 July 1930. Died Melbourne, 12 November 2001. AM 1975. Educated Geelong Grammar School. Naturalist, early ABC wildlife film series, including the award-winning Dancing Orpheus; known for his contributions to newspapers and magazines, including writing a weekly article for the Melbourne Herald for nearly 20 years, and for his books, films and videos on natural history; Honorary Ornithologist, Museum Victoria. Author of several books. C.J. Dennis prize for literary merit, Victorian Government 1981 and Best Field Guide on the Natural History of Animals of the Australian Region, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales 1981, both awarded for Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (Collins, 1980). Australian Natural History Medallion 1986. Councillor, Australian Conservation Foundation; Councillor, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union; member, Victorian National Park Authority; Warden, Coolart Reserve, near Somers, Victoria; Founding President, Friends of the Victoria Museum. From 1984, led annual 'Bird Weeks' at O'Reilly's Green Mountain Resort, Lamington National Park, Queensland, and at Gipsy Point, Mallacoota, Victoria.


Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion

Related Awards

Published resources


  • Pizzey, Graham, Crosbie Morrison: Voice of Nature (Melbourne: Victoria Press, 1992), 303 pp. Details

Book Sections

Edited Books

  • Pizzey, Graham ed., A Separate Creation: Discovery of Wild Australia by Explorers and Naturalists (Melbourne: Curry O'Neil, 1985), 159 pp. Details

Newspaper Articles

  • Latreille, Anne, 'Obituary: Graham Martin Pizzey, AM', The Age (2001). Details


See also

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

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