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Corporate entry Australasian Ornithologist's Union (1901 - 1910)



The Australasian Ornithologist's Union was formed in 1901 as a national group of bird enthusiasts with the objects of promoting the advancement and popularisation of ornithology, the protection of Australia's avifauna, and the publication of a magazine to be called The emu. In 1910, with the granting of a Royal warrant from King George V, it became the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.


 1901 - 1910 Australasian Ornithologist's Union
       1910 - 1997 Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
             1997 - 2011 Birds Australia
                   2012 - Birdlife Australia

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Published resources


  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2001), 492 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'The Australasian Ornithologists' Union: its origin', Emu, 1 (1-5) (1901). Details
  • Campbell, A. J., 'President's address: the Union and its work', Emu, 10 (1910), 178-81. Details
  • Dickison, D. J., 'The first fifty years of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union', Emu, 51 (1951), 185-284. Details

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