Herbert Thomas Condon

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Herbert Thomas Condon (27 February 1912 - 12 January 1978) was an Australian museum curator and ornithologist. He was born in Melbourne and attended the University of Adelaide. He joined the scientific staff of the South Australian Museum in 1929, was promoted to Assistant in Zoology in 1935, and became Curator of Birds and Reptiles in 1938, a position he kept until 1976, broken only by a period of war service with the RAAF.

Condon was Honorary Secretary of the South Australian Ornithological Association (SAOA) 1938-1942, and was editor of its journal, the South Australian Ornithologist 1953-1964. He was also a member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU), President 1961-1962, and made a Fellow of the RAOU in 1973. He was convener of the RAOU Checklist Committee for many years.

Apart from numerous published papers in journals, works he authored or coauthored include:

  • Condon, H.T. (1949). Field Guide to the Hawks of Australia. Bird Observers Club: Melbourne. (Several editions).
  • Condon, H.T.; & McGill, A.R. (1952). Field Guide to the Waders. Bird Observers Club: Melbourne. (Several editions).
  • Condon, H.T. (1962). A Handlist of the Birds of South Australia, with Annotations. (SA Ornithologist Vol.23, Parts 6-8). SAOA: Adelaide.
  • Condon, H.T. (1968). A Handlist of the Birds of South Australia. SAOA: Adelaide.
  • Condon, H.T. (1975). Checklist of the Birds of Australia. Part 1: Non-Passerines. RAOU: Melbourne.


  • Anon. (1973). RAOU Fellow: Citation. Herbert Thomas Condon. Emu 73: 197.
  • South Australian Ornithological Association (2000-04-01). Birds, birders & birdwatching, 1899-1999: celebrating one hundred years of the South Australian Ornithological Association. ISBN 0-9595142-2-8. 
  • Hitchcock, W.B. (1978). Obituary. Herbert Thomas Condon. Emu 78: 237-238.
  • Libby Robin (2001). The flight of the emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology, 1901-2001. Melbourne University Publishing. ISBN 0-522-84987-3.