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Biographical entry Chalmers, Robert Oliver

Geologist and Mineralogist


Robert Chalmers started work at the Australian Museum in Sydney, as a cadet in 1929 eventually working as the Museum's mineralogist. He was interested in gemstones as minerals; studied the salt crust surface of Lake Eyre; discovered Australite localities and was educated in geology at Sydney Technical College.

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National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Robert Oliver Chalmers - Records, 1920 - 1977, DeB 993; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Chalmers, Oliver, 'Minerals in the Australian Museum - 1901 to 1945', Records of the Australian Museum, supplement, 15 (1992), 111-28. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Thomas Hodge-Smith', Records of the Australian Museum, 21 (7) (1946), 377-9. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Stories Behind the Museum's Collections', Australian Natural History, 14 (1962), 116-120. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Captain Cook's Australian Landmarks', Australian Natural History, 16 (8) (1970), 241-288. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'The A. D. Combe mineral collection', Australian Museum Magazine, 9 (5) (1974), 147-8. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Early Geology: Studies and Sermons', Australian Natural History, 19 (2) (1977), 50-53. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'The history of the Department of Mineralogy, Australian Museum, part 1, 1827-1901', Journal of the Mineralogical Society of New South Wales, 1 (1979), 13-21. Details


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