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Biographical entry Hutton, Frederick Wollaston (1836 - 1905)


Lincolnshire, England
27 October 1905
Zoologist, Geologist and Ornithologist


Frederick Hutton was Professor of Biology, Canterbury College, Christchurch from about 1880. He made major contributions to both geology and zoology.


Born Lincolnshire, 1836. Died at sea, 27 October 1905. Educated King's College, London. Commissioned, 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers 1855-66, saw active service in the Crimea and the Indian Mutiny; arrived New Zealand 1866; Geological Survey of New Zealand 1866-71; Assistant Geologist, Wellington 1871-73; Provincial Geologist of Otago 1873-76; Professor of Natural Science, Otago University, with charge of the Otago Museum 1876-80; Professor of Biology, Canterbury College, Christchurch from ca 1880. Published Index Faunae Nova-Zealandiae (1904), a complete list, with references, of all animals hitherto recorded from New Zealand, Darwinism and Lamarckism, The Lesson of Evolution and a popular work with James Drummond, Animals of New Zealand. Fellow, Royal Society; President, Australasian Ornithologists Union 1903-05.

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  • Mildenhall, E., Burns, Rowan and Nathan, Simon, Transcriptions of Selected Letters From Frederick Wollaston Hutton to James Hector and Julius Haast (Lower Hutt (N.Z): Geoscience Society of New Zealand, 2012), 141 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Mason, Alan, 'Frederick Wollaston Hutton, 1836-1905' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Details


See also

  • Miskelly, C. M., 'Colonial ornithology in New Zealand - the legacy of the New Zealand Institute', Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, 47 (3) (2017), 244-53. Details
  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

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