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Biographical entry Broinowski, Gracius Joseph (1837 - 1913)

7 March 1837
Walichnowy, near Wielun, Poland
11 April 1913
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Ornithologist and Artist


Gracius Broinowski was an illustrator of Australian birds and mammals and an advocate of fauna conservation.


Born Walichnowy, near Wielun, Poland, 7 March 1837. Died Sydney, 11 April 1913. Educated Munich University (classics, languages and art subjects). Arrived Australia ca 1857; worked in country areas for a few years; publishing firm, Melbourne; travelled widely in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland, painting landscapes and scenes of various towns; settled in Sydney in 1880, teaching painting to private pupils and at colleges, lectured on art and exhibited at various showings of the Royal Art Society; commissioned by the Department of Public Instruction in New South Wales to supply them with pictures of Australian birds and mammals 1880s; published "The Cockatoos and Nestors of Australia and New Zealand" 1888; published "The Birds of Australia" in six volumes 1887-1891, while farming at Campbelltown, New South Wales.

Archival resources

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Gracius Joseph Broinowski - Records, 1890 - 1891; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

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Journal Articles

  • Hindwood, K. A., 'Gracius Joseph Broinowski: His Books and his Prospectuses', Australian Zoologist, 13 (4) (1966), 357-369. Details
  • Iredale, T., 'Broinowski's Birds and Mammals of Australia', Proceedings of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales (1956). Details
  • Mathews, G. M., 'G. J. Broinowski', Emu, 41 (1941). Details


McCarthy, G.J.