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Ashby, Edwin (1861 - 1941)

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Naturalist and Ornithologist
Born: 2 November 1861  Surrey, England.  Died: 8 January 1941  Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.
Edwin Ashby, an Adelaide estate agent, built up a large natural history collection, much of which he donated to the South Australian Museum. He became a world authority on chitons, a class of molluscs and also wrote widely on ornithology and the cultivation of Australian plants.

Career Highlights
Born Surrey, England, 2 November 1861. Died Adelaide, 8 January 1941. Worked for his tea merchant father; visited Australia for his health 1884-87; migrated to Adelaide 1888; wattle-bark-growing 1888-89; joined a cousin's firm of land and estate agents and financiers ca 1890, later, as Saunders & Ashby, they owned and largely developed much of Eden Hills; established the property, Wittunga, in the Adelaide Hills; retired 1914; continued an independent business from his home, where he established a bird sanctuary and a nursery shrubs. Named or discovered several new birds, and a world authority on chitons, recent and fossil, discovering over twenty new taxa. Foundation member, South Australian Ornithological Association 1899; original member, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1901; life member, British Ornithologists' Union 1915; Corresponding Fellow, American Ornithologists' Union ca 1918; president, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1926; sometime president, Royal Society of South Australia. The genus Ashbyia was named after him by A.J. North (q.v.), as well as thirteen forms.
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