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Biographical entry Gilbert, Percy Albert (1883 - 1960)

20 May 1883
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
7 July 1960
Lakemba, New South Wales, Australia
Natural history artist, Ornithologist and Botanist


Percy Albert Gilbert was a talented naturalist who specialised in birds and both native and cultivated orchids. He wrote two highly successful books on orchids - The charm of growing orchids and Orchids, their culture and classification - and was made an honorary life member of the Orchid Society of New South Wales, The Sydney Orchid Society and the Australian Orchid Society. Gilbert's ornithological talents were equally impressive, especially his studies on bird behaviour. He was made an honorary member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU) in 1958 after a fifty year association with them. Gilbert authored many important articles in Emu, the RAOU's scientific journal, and in other journals such as the Australian Zoologist. He often supplied many of his own illustrations and photographs for he was very talented in those fields as well.



Career position - Joined the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU)
1938 - 1944
Career position - Editor of Australian Orchid Review
1950 - 1957
Career position - Editor of Australian Orchid Review
c. 1958
Award - Made an honorary member of RAOU

Published resources


  • Whittell, H. M., The Literature of Australian Birds: a History and a Bibliography of Australian Ornithology (Perth: Patterson Brokensha, 1954). Details

Journal Articles

  • K.A.H, 'Obituary: Mr P A Gilbert', Emu, 60 (Part 4) (1960), 286-287. Details


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