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Biographical entry Pollard, James Harvey Theodore (1900 - 1971)

Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Naturalist and Writer


James Pollard wrote a weekly nature column 'Denizens of the bush' for the Western Australian Newspaper between 1923 and 1937 under the name 'Mopoke' His articles fostered an interest in native plants and animals that proved popular and sustained. Pollard's membership of the Western Australian Naturalists Club, the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union and the Gould League provided him with access to naturalists on whose expertise he relied. The column was significant for the way in which it provided a bridge between amateur observation and expert opinion.



Life event - Family migrated to Western Australia
1915 - 1918
Career event - Enlisted in the AIF
1923 - 1937
Career position - Writer of the 'Denizens of the bush' column for the Western Australian Newspapers

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Hughes-D'aeth, Tony, '"Denizens of the Bush" (1923-1937): James Pollard and Popular Nature Study', Studies in Western Australian History, vol. 27, 2011, pp. 45-61. Details
  • Smith, L. A. and Smith, F., 'James Pollard - Western Australia's first freelance nature writer with particular reference to his nom de plume "Mopoke"', Western Australian Naturalist, vol. 30, no. 1, 2015, pp. 1-11. Details

Online Resources

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