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Biographical entry du Boulay, Francis Houssemayne (1837 - 1914)

24 January 1837
Sandgate, Kent, England
12 January 1914
Beechworth, Victoria, Australia
Entomologist and Natural history artist


Francis du Boulay was a keen beetle collector. He is best known for the beetles he sent to England from Western Australia, to specialists in the different groups. He also collected in Queensland and New South Wales before settling in Beechworth, Victoria, where among other rarities he discovered Stigmodera barbiventris Carter.


Born Sandgate, Kent, 24 January 1837. Died Beechworth, Victoria, 12 January 1914. Arrived Perth about 1858. Minnannooka station, near Geraldton, with his brother, being one of the first to collect insects there; Victoria ca 1869; collected in Cooktown and Rockhampton 1870, collecting also in northern New South Wales and Sydney; Beechworth, Victoria until his death. Good painter, who presented two volumes of hand paintings of Coleoptera, mostly rare and handsome insects, to the National Museum, Melbourne.

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See also

  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930 (Sydney: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., 1932), 380 pp. Personal note under du Boulay p. 72. Details

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