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Biographical entry Jackson, Sidney William (1873 - 1946)

12 June 1873
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
30 September 1946
Neutral Bay, New South Wales, Australia
Oologist and Ornithologist


Sidney Jackson worked for many years as curator of the Belltrees Ornithological Collection. His own collection of over 500 Australian bird eggs formed the basis of the H.L. White Egg Collection now in the National Museum of Victoria.


Born Brisbane, 12 June 1873. Died Sydney, 30 September 1946. Educated Toowoomba Grammar School and Grafton, New South Wales. Started collecting birds' eggs at the age of 10. Business in Grafton; commercial traveller; sold his large collection of birds' eggs to H.L. White (q.v.), 1906; collector and curator of White's collections of skins and eggs 1907-27; in Sydney from 1927, writing popular articles on natural history for newspapers and magazines. His nom-de-plume was 'Ajax'. He made very detailed observations, sketched well, wrote neatly and excelled at photography and taxidermy. With his brother Frank he developed techniques for climbing trees, involving the use of leg-spikes and rope-ladders. He also collected land snails and botanical specimens.


Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus jacksonii Maiden was named in his honour. Jackson collected the type

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Sidney William Jackson - Records, 1895 - 1939, MS 466; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Chisholm, A. H., 'The Diaries of S. W. Jackson', Emu, 58 (1958), 75-76. Details


See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details
  • 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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