Wilson Roy Wheeler

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Wilson Roy Wheeler (1905-1988) was an Australian postman and professional ornithologist. He was an active bird bander and was convener of the Altona Survey Group, later part of the Victorian Ornithological Research Group. In 1965 he was awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion. He was a member of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU), President 1964-1965, and made a Fellow of the RAOU in 1971.

He was also very active in the Bird Observers Club (BOCA), serving as President (1951-1954), Honorary Secretary (1954-1971) and Honorary Treasurer (1963-1971). In 2005 he was commemorated, on the occasion of BOCA's centenary, by the creation of a new award, the W. Roy Wheeler Medallion for Excellence in Field Ornithology.


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