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Biographical entry Ross, John Alexander (1868 - 1957)

18 April 1868
Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
30 July 1957
Solicitor and Ornithologist


John Ross worked for the Victorian Crown Solicitor's Office 1886-1930. After retirement he had a private legal practice until he was 84. He was also a keen ornithologist who, with Frank E. Howe, collected the type specimen of a subspecies of the Western Whipbird, Psophodes nigrogularis 1932.


Born Castlemaine, Victoria, 18 April 1868. Died Malvern, Victoria, 30 July 1957. Educated Castlemaine High School and University of Melbourne (law). Crown Solicitor's Office 1886-1930, doing conveyancing for various Government departments for 30 years, with a number of promotions, the final one being to Examiner of Titles 1921-30; Commissioner of Titles and Curator of Estates of Deceased Persons in Victoria 1930-35; private legal practice, Melbourne 1935-52. Member, Australasian Ornithologists Union from 1905, Curator of the RAOU Egg Collection for nearly 30 years, president 1924-25; member, Bird Observers' Club from 1905. Sometime member, Volunteer Militia Forces. Daily Telegraph Cup for best individual performance at rifle shooting, Bisley, England, 1898.

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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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