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Biographical entry Dickison, Dudley John (1896 - 1967)

10 October 1896
Warragul, Victoria, Australia
22 April 1967
Public servant and Ornithologist


Dudley Dickison was a field ornithologist with a particular interest in hawks. He kept field journals over many years.


Born Warragul, Gippsland, Victoria, 10 October 1896. Died Melbourne, 22 April 1967. Educated Austral Business College, Melbourne. Clerk, Stamp Duties Office, Treasury Department 1914 until retirement. Honorary General Secretary, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union 1924-51, Honorary Librarian for 16 years, and Honorary Life Member from 1932. His interests were field ornithology (with a particular interest in hawks) and history of ornithology in Australia, especially Victoria and he had a valuable collection of ornithological books. Wrote 'The First Fifty Years of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union - 1901-1951', published in The Emu in 1951.

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Chisholm, A. H., 'Dudley Dickison - Student of Birds and Books', Victorian Naturalist, 84 (8) (1967), 251-253. Details
  • Dickison, D. J., 'The first fifty years of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union', Emu, 51 (1951), 185-284. Details


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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