Anthony Musgrave (entomologist)

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Anthony Musgrave (9 July 1895 – 4 June 1959) was an Australian entomologist. Born in Queensland, Australia, he is known for penning Bibliography of Australian Entomology (1932). He was the great-nephew of Anthony Musgrave[1][2] who was Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Early life[edit]

Anthony Musgrave was born 9 July 1895[3] in Cooktown, Queensland, Australia.[1] His father was Anthony Musgrave, a civil servant, and his mother was Elizabeth Anne (née Colles).[1] He studied at the Hayfield Preparatory School in Homebush and the Sydney Church of England Grammar School.[1]


As an entomologist, Musgrave is known for his 1932 work, Bibliography of Australian Entomology.[4] He worked at the Australian Museum,[5] initially as a librarian for a year,[2] before climbing up the ranks to become Assistant Entomologist,[6] and eventually the museum's entomologist,[7] a title later changed to "Curator of Insects and Arachnids".[8] He displayed much knowledge on insects[9] and arachnids; his area of expertise were ticks and poisonous spiders. Musgrave was compiler of all of the Australian Science Abstracts' animal-related articles for around twenty years, until in 1957 when the publication folded.[2] He was also a contributor to the Australian Encyclopaedia (editions 1 and 2).[2]

Personal life and death[edit]

Musgrave was described as an "excellent lecturer and photographer".[1] He led a luxurious and peaceful life and was an avid golfer.[1] In his later years, little was heard about him; Musgrave did not like publicity.[1] He died at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney on 4 June 1959.[1] The cause of death was listed as heart disease.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i J. Griffin, Francis (October 1960). "Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History" 3. Edinburgh University Press. "ANTHONY MUSGRAVE (1895-1959)"  (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c d Walsh, G. P. "Musgrave, Anthony (1895–1959)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Musgrave, Anthony (1895 - 1959)". Encyclopedia of Australian Science. Retrieved April 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Halliday, RB (1998). Mites of Australia: A Checklist and Bibliography. Csiro. p. 1882. ISBN 9780643105898. 
  5. ^ "Australian Entomology". The Sydney Morning Herald. 20 September 1932. p. 13. 
  6. ^ Walter, DE (2001). Acarology: Proceedings of the 10th International Congress. Csiro. p. 10. ISBN 9780643098503. 
  7. ^ Rieser, Alison (2012). The Case of the Green Turtle: An Uncensored History of a Conservation Icon. JHU Press. p. 31. ISBN 9781421405797. 
  8. ^ "Australian Museum". The Australian Museum Magazine 13 (Australian Museum). p. 102. 
  9. ^ Musgrave, Anthony (October 1922). Stick and leaf insects. Sydney: Australian Museum. 

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