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Biographical entry Paton, Joan (1916? - 2000)

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
April 2000


Joan Paton was a keen amateur ornithologist. In the early 1960s she registered as a Bird-bander to support her son, David's (q.v.) interest in banding. (He was not allowed to register as he was under 16.) She and David and many others banded extensively in their backyard at Beaumont, as well as further afield.


Daughter of J.B. Cleland (q.v.). Widely known as an amateur ornithologist and an active Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union member. Great supporter of the South Australian Ornithological Association, of which she was Vice-President 1974-79, President 1979-82 and Honorary Member 1990. In about 1930 she won a SAOA junior prize for an essay on bird observations on her holidays. Her Workers' Education Association and Adult Education classes from the 1950s on bird observing and ornithology brought many supporters to the SAOA. She was also one of the first women to join the Adelaide Ornithologists Club.

Archival resources

State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana

  • Interviews with the Cleland Sisters [sound recording]. Interviewer: Penelope A. Paton, 1993, OH 202; State Library of South Australia, Mortlock Library of South Australiana. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


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

Rosanne Walker