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Biographical entry Lendon, Allan Harding (1903 - 1973)

11 August 1903
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
12 July 1973
Surgeon and Ornithologist


Allan Lendon was a prominent Adelaide surgeon and an amateur ornithologist with a particular interest in breeding birds in captivity. He was awarded twelve Bronze Medals, official recognition for having bred a species in captivity for the first time.


Born Adelaide, 11 August 1903. Died Adelaide, 12 July 1973. Educated University of Adelaide (MB, BS 1927). FRCS 1931, FRACS 1933. One of South Australia's most eminent surgeons. Australian Army Medical Corps 1940-46. President, Avicultural Society of South Australia 1940-49, life member from 1951; president, Royal Zoological Society of South Australia 1947-49, Honorary life member from 1967; president, South Australian Ornithological Association 1940-41, 1947-48; founder, Adelaide Ornithologists Club 1960, president 1961, 1970; president, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union 1966-67. Member, Fauna and Flora Board which managed Flinders Chase; chairman, Flora and Fauna Advisory Committee to the Minister of Agriculture from 1962, continuing to serve until his death. Wrote Australian Parrots in Captivity (1951) and updated Cayley's Australian Parrots in Field and Aviary (1973). Collected the first specimen of the Ruff recorded for Australia 1962.

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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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