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Ramsay, Edward Pierson (1842 - 1916)

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Zoologist, Museum curator and Ornithologist
Born: 3 December 1842  Ashfield, New South Wales, Australia.  Died: 16 December 1916  Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Edward Pierson Ramsay was Curator of the Australian Museum 1874-94 and was a consulting ornithologist 1894-1909. He was a founder of the Linnean Society of New South Wales in 1874 and played a prominent role in government zoological matters particularly fisheries.

Career Highlights
Born Dobroyd Estate, Long Cove, Sydney, 3 December 1842. Died Sydney, 16 December 1916. Educated University of Sydney (studied medicine 1863-65). Honorary LLD, St Andrews University, Scotland 1886. Collecting expedition for Rufous Scrub-Bird, Clarence and Richmond rivers 1866; Dobroyd New Plant and Seed Nursery 1867-68; owner, Iindah sugar plantation, Maryborough district, Queensland 1868 for several years; councillor, Australian Museum, Sydney 1874-94, where he added 17,600 skins, including the Dobroyd Collection made by him and his brothers, published a Catalogue of the Australian Birds in the Australian Museum at Sydney in four parts 1876-94 and began publishing the Records of the museum in 1890; consulting ornithologist to the Museum 1895-1916. Trustee, Hyde, Phillip and Cook parks from 1878, trustee, Zoological Station, Watsons Bay from 1879. Founding treasurer, Entomological Society of New South Wales 1861; member, Philosophical Society (New South Wales) 1865; corresponding member, Zoological Society of London 1866; a founder, Linnean Society of New South Wales 1874. Member, Royal Commission on the Fisheries of New South Wales 1880; member, New South Wales Commission for the Melbourne International Exhibition 1880; Commissioner for New South Wales and Tasmania, International Fisheries Exhibition, London, 1883, receiving a gold medal and a diploma of honour; "Mitglied", Imperial Zoological and Botanical Society of Vienna 1883; Corresponding Member, Italian Anthropological Society 1883; Knight of the Crown of Italy 1884; medal for exhibits, Colonial and Indian Exhibition, London 1886; life member, Royal Society of Edinburgh; member, Royal Irish Academy. As well as ornithology he worked in the areas of icthyology, herpetology, mammalogy and botany.

A son, John Simeon Pierson Ramsay, became a well-known ornithologist, specialising in photography.


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