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Biographical entry Hobbs, John N. (1920 - 1990)

London, England
31 October 1990
Dareton, New South Wales, Australia
Policeman and Ornithologist


John Hobbs was an outstanding field ornithologist who contributed greatly to regional ornithology in New South Wales. One of his main interests was the study of incubation and nesting cycles.


Born London, 1920. Died Dareton, New South Wales 31 October 1990. Gunner on tankers in the Atlantic during the Second World War; subsequently joined the Metropolitan Police Force. Emigrated to Australia in 1952 and joined the NSW Police Force in which he served until 1980, being posted to many different country towns across the state - at all of which he made detailed studies of the bird life of the surrounding areas. His final appointment was to Narrandera as Crown Sergeant. He retired to Dareton in south-west NSW where he was very active in civic institutions and where he died following a heart attack while birding. He was a member of several bird clubs and published extensively in Emu and elsewhere. One of the most prolific contributors to the RAOU's Nest Record Scheme and also served on the RAOU's Records Appraisal Committee from its inception in 1975 until 1989. He is commemorated by the John Hobbs Medal, which has been awarded annually since 1995 for contributions to amateur ornithology.


Life event - Migrated to Australia
1952 - 1980
Career position - Served with the New South Wales Police Force
1975 - 1989
Career position - Member, Records Appraisal Committee, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union

Related Awards

  • J. N. Hobbs Memorial Medal (1995 - )

    Awarded by the New South Wales Group, Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union 1995 - 1998; Birds Australia 1999 - 2011, and Birdlife Australia 2012 -

Published resources


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

Phillips, H.