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Biographical entry Le Souef, Ernest Albert (1869 - 1937)

13 September 1869
Elwood, Victoria, Australia
27 November 1937
Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
Zoo director and Ornithologist


Ernest Le Souef was Director of the Perth Zoological Gardens 1897-1935 and lectured part-time in agriculture and veterinary science at the University of Western Australia 1919-1932.


Born Melbourne, 13 September 1869. Died Margaret River, Western Australia, 27 November 1937. Son of A.A.C. Le Souef. Educated Melbourne Veterinary College and University of Melbourne (BVSc 1911). Accountant, Zoological and Acclimatization Society of Victoria 1888-95; qualified as a veterinary surgeon 1895; honorary veterinary surgeon to the Society 1895-97; foundation director, Perth Zoological Gardens 1897-1932; veterinary adviser for the Margaret River district, Agricultural Bank 1932-35. Part-time lecturer in agriculture, University of Western Australia 1919-32; lecturer (part-time) in charge of the department of veterinary science from 1926 and founded a museum in the zoo used by students for practical anatomy and physiology. Served in the Veterinary Service in the Boer War 1899-1902 and in World War I, reaching the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. President, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1930-31.

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Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Le SouĂ«f Family Archives - Records, MS 13490; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Zoological Parks Board of NSW

  • Ernest Albert Le Souef - Records, 1916 - 1939; Zoological Parks Board of NSW. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


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See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker