Gregory Macalister Mathews CBE (10 September 1876 - 27 March 1949) was an Australian amateur ornithologist.
Mathews made his fortune in
mining shares, and moved to England around 1900.
He was Chairman of the
British Ornithologists' Club from 1935-1938. He was made CBE in 1939 for his services to ornithology. [1 ] [2 ]
M. s. musgravei, currently recognized as a subspecies of the Splendid Fairy-wren, in 1922 as a new species of bird. [3 ]
In 1939 he was elected a
Fellow of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union, and served as its President 1946-1947. He donated his ornithological library to the National Library of Australia in 1939. [2 ]
Publications [ edit ]
Mathews contributed numerous papers to the ornithological literature, especially on avian
taxonomy and nomenclature, as well as founding, funding, editing and being the principal contributor to the journal . Monographic or book-length works authored or coauthored by him include: The Austral Avian Record
The Handlist of the Birds of Australia. (Based on A Handlist of Birds by Bowdler Sharpe). 1910 - 1927 -
Witherby: London. (12 volumes, assisted by The Birds of Australia Tom Iredale). 1912 -
The Reference List of the Birds of Australia. ( Novitates Zoologicae, 18 January 1912). 1913 -
A List of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London. 1920 -
The Name List of the Birds of Australia. 1921 -
A Manual of the Birds of Australia. Volume I: Orders Casuarii to Columbae. Witherby: London. (With Tom Iredale. Only one volume published of a projected four). 1924 -
The Check-List of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London. (Comprising Supplements 1-3 of The Birds of Australia). 1925 -
The Bibliography of the Birds of Australia. Witherby: London. (Comprising Supplements 4 and 5 of The Birds of Australia). 1927 -
Systema Avium Australasianarum. a Systematic List of the Birds of the Australasian Region. BOU: London. (2 volumes). 1928 -
The Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands and the Australian South Polar Quadrant. Witherby: London. 1931 -
A List of the Birds of Australasia, Including New Zealand, Lord Howe and Norfolk Islands, and the Australasian Antarctic Quadrant. 1936 -
A Supplement to the Birds of Norfolk and Lord Howe Islands to which is Added those Birds of New Zealand not figured by Buller. Witherby: London. 1942 -
Birds and Books: the Story of the Mathews Ornithological Library. Verity Hewitt Bookshop: Canberra. 1943 -
Notes on the Order Procellariiformes. (With Edward Hallstrom). 1946 -
A Working List of Australian Birds, including the Australian Quadrant and New Zealand. Shepherd Press: Sydney.
References [ edit ]
^ Bull. B.O.C. Vol. 58
^ a b Bull. B.O.C. Vol. 59
^ Mathews, G.M. (1922). The Birds of Australia. London: Witherby Vol. 10 .
Robin, Libby. (2001).
The Flight of the Emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology 1901-2001. Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 0-522-84987-3
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