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Biographical entry Gatliff, John Henry (1848 - 1935)

17 May 1848
Leeds, Yorkshire, England
14 September 1935
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Conchologist and Naturalist


John Gatliff worked in the banking industry from the age of 18 until he retired in 1912. However, he is most noted for his studies of shells. This life-long interest saw Gatliff discover several new species of shells including Conus segravei (1891), Voluta spenceriana (1908) and V. gatliffi (1910). He also wrote many important publications including the nine-part Catalogue of the marine shells of Victoria (written with GB Pritchard). From 1907 he teamed up with Charles Gabriel and over the next twenty-three years they regularly updated the catalogue, published twenty-seven papers and described forty-five new taxa. John Gatliff was appointed Honorary conologist at the National Museum of Victoria in 1933.



Life event - Migrated to Australia (Geelong, Victoria) with family
1880 -
Career position - Member of the Field Naturalists' Club
Career position - Joined the Commercial Bank of Australia
Career position - Publication of first article: "The Pecten" in Southern Science Record
1885 - 1889
Career position - Manager of the Commercial Bank of Australia, Heathcote branch
1889 - 1895
Manager of the Commercial Bank of Australia, Collingwood branch
Career position - Described a new species of Victorian molluscs Conus segravei
1895 - c. 1910
Career position - Manager of the Commercial Bank of Australia, Carlton branch
1898 - 1906
Career position - Catalogue of the Marine Shells of Victoria (written with G.B. Pritchard) published in 9-parts
1910 - 1912
Career position - Inspector of the Commercial Bank of Australia
Life event - Retired
1933 -
Career position - Honorary Conologist at the National Museum of Victoria

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  • Smith, Brian J, and Black, Hope, 'Biographies, combined bibliography and new names list of John Henry Gatliff (1848 - 1935) and Charles john Gabriel (1879 - 1963)', Journal of the Malacological Society of Australia, 1 (12) (1969), 32-40. Details


McCarthy, G.J.