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Biographical entry Bryant, Charles Ernest William (1902 - 1960)

12 June 1902
North Fitzroy, Victoria, Australia
27 October 1960
Lawyer and Ornithologist


Charles Bryant was a lawyer and amateur ornithologist. He was keenly interested in avian taxonomy and nomenclature and in the protection of native birds. He was editor of the Royal Australian Ornithologists Union journal, The Emu, 1929-1960 and was very successful at raising funds to keep its production costs down. Having been educated at the University of Melbourne and been admitted to the Victorian Bar in 1929, he was a partner in the legal firm of Moule, Hamilton and Derham at the time of his death. Bryant was involved in the campaign to have the Altona saltworks proclaimed a sanctuary.



Career event - Admitted to the Victorian Bar
1929 - 1960
Career position - Editor, Emu
1938 - 1960
Career position - First Convenor (later Member), Checklist Committee, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
1948 - 1960
Career position - Honorary Associate in Ornithology, National Museum of Victoria
Career position - Member, Committee of Management, Sir Colin McKenzie Sanctuary, Healesville, Victoria
1950 - 1960
Career position - Corresponding Member, British Ornothologists' Union
1950 - 1960
Career position - Corresponding Member, American Ornothologists' Union
1955 - 1957
Career position - President, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion

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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

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