George Mack (ornithologist)

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George Mack (1899-1963) was mainly a museum ornithologist and collector. He migrated from Britain to Western Australia in 1919. He worked at the National Museum of Victoria from 1923 to 1945. During this time, he published a revision of the Australian species of the fairy-wren genus Malurus.[1] He then worked at the Queensland Museum from 1945, rising to become director in 1963, the year of his death. It was his controversial action in shooting a scarlet robin during the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU) campout in Marlo, Victoria in 1935 that catalysed change in the RAOU's attitude to collecting.


  1. ^ Mack G (1934). "A revision of the genus Malurus". Memoirs of the National Museum of Victoria. 8: 100–25. 
  • 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