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Biographical entry Patten, Robert Anthony (1889 - 1959)

20 June 1889
Wellington, New South Wales, Australia
10 October 1959
Wahroonga, New South Wales, Australia


Robert Patten was a veterinarian best known for his 19 years as Curator of the Taronga Zoological Park in Sydney. Here he treated a wide variety of animals for all conditions, with his greatest concern being the careful planning of the diets of over 7,000 animals. Between 1947 and 1954 he was a panellist on the wildlife program "Nature speaks" on commercial radio. Following his retirement from the Zoo in 1954 he continued in private practice.



Education - BVSc, University of Sydney
1914 - 1916
Career position - Served with the Australian Imperial Forces
1918 - 1920
Career position - Customs Officer, Australian Department of Trade and Commerce
1920 - 1923
Career position - Manager, North Bangaroo Horse Stud Farm, New South Wales Department of Agriculture
1923 - 1925
Career position - In private practice, Orange, New South Wales
1925 - 1936
Career position - Lecturer (part-time) on meat inspection, Sydney Technical College
1925 - 1936
Career position - Employed by the Australian Department of Trade and Customs
1936 - 1954
Career position - Superintendent (later Curator), Taronga Zoological Park

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  • Taylor, Robert I., 'Patten, Robert Anthony (1889-1958), Veterinary Surgeon and Zoological Park Superintendent' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie, ed., vol. 15 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2000), p. 576. Details


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