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Biographical entry Gabriel, Charles John (1879 - 1963)

28 May 1879
Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
19 June 1963
Toorak, Victoria, Australia
Conchologist, Naturalist and Pharmacist


Charles Gabriel was a pharmacist, but is renowned for his studies of shells and molluscs. He wrote several important articles and books including, Catalogue of the land snails of Victoria (1930), Victorian sea shells (1936), The freshwater Mollusca of Victoria (1939) and Marine molluscs of Victoria (1962, co-authored with J.M. Macpherson). These and many of his other works are still used today. Together with John Gatliff, Gabriel wrote at least twenty-seven publications and named forty-five new taxa. Charles Gabriel was appointed the National Museum of Victoria's honorary curator of shells and in 1958 was awarded the Natural History medallion for his contributions to Australian malacology (study of molluscs).



1900 -
Career position - Member of the Field Naturalists' Club
1902 - ?
Career position - Pharmacist in Victoria St, Collingwood
Career position - Publication of first article: "Marine molluscs found near Stoney Point, April 1908" in Victorian Naturalist
1933 -
Career position - Honorary Curator of Shells at the National Museum of Victoria
Award - Natural History Medallion received

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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.