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Biographical entry Walcott, Richard Henry (1870 - 1936)

Born
30 September 1870
Dunedin, New South Wales, New Zealand
Died
9 October 1936
Caulfield, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Mineralogist and Museum curator

Summary

Richard Walcott was a mineralogist who as Curator had charge of the mineralogical and geological collections of Melbourne's Industrial and Technological Museum. When this Museum was closed Walcott and the collections for which he was responsible were transferred to the National Museum of Victoria. To his responsibilities here were added the ethnographic collections: he worked closely with Baldwin Spencer on the development and display of this material. Accompanying Spencer on some field trips, Walcott provided geological expertise to the analysis of the findings. He worked assiduously behind the scenes for the reopening of the Industrial and Technological Museum. When this happened in 1914 he was appointed as its senior officer.

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1891
Education - Diploma, School of Mines, University of Otago
1893 - 1895
Career position - Mineralogist, Industrial and Technological Museum, Melbourne
1895 - 1900
Career position - Curator, Industrial and Technological Museum, Melbourne
1897 - 1936
Career position - Curator, Industrial and Technological Museum, Melbourne
1900 - 1914
Career position - Curator of geological, mineral and ethnographic collections, National Museum of Victoria
1900 - 1916
Career position - Member of Council, Royal Society of Victoria
1914 - 1935
Career position - Curator, Industrial and Technological Museum, Melbourne
1935
Life event - Retired

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See also

  • Rasmussen, Carolyn et al., A History of Museum Victoria and its predecessor institutions, 1854-2000, Scribe Publications, Carlton North, Victoria, 2001, 420 pp. Details

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