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Biographical entry Campbell, Archibald George (1880 - 1954)

2 May 1880
South Brighton, Victoria, Australia
19 July 1954
Bayswater, Victoria, Australia
Orchardist and Ornithologist


Archibald Campbell was an orchardist at Kilsyth (east of Melbourne) 1914-1949. He was keenly interested in conservation and made persistent, though unsuccessful, efforts to induce the Government to cancel all grazing leases in national parks at Mt. Buffalo and Wilson's Promontory. In 1905 he produced A Dichotomous Key to the Birds of Australia, which proved a useful guide in the identification of species.


Born South Brighton, Victoria, 2 May 1880 (son of Archibald James Campbell). Died Bayswater, 19 July 1954. Educated School of Horticulture, Burnley 1895-98. Orchard manager, Rutherglen ca 1898-1901; lecturer, School of Horticulture, Burnley ca 1902-07; orchardist, Pomonal, near Stawell 1907-12; orchardist, Kilsyth, 30 km east of Melbourne, 1914-1949, where he promoted a co-operative cool-store system for fruit; Lecturer in Nature Study, University of Melbourne Extension Board 1933-36; nature-student and photographer, producing Photographs of the Lyrebird (1940); Honorary Ornithologist, National Museum, Melbourne. Fellow, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1941. Foundation member, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1901; original member, Bird Observers' Club 1905; President, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1934-35.


1934 - 1935
Career position - President, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
1941 - 1954
Award - Fellow, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union

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  • 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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