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Hedley, Charles (1862 - 1926)

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Born: 27 February 1862  Masham, Yorkshire, England.  Died: 14 September 1926  Mosman, New South Wales, Australia.
Charles Hedley was a self-taught naturalist with a keen interest in shells and coral reefs. He eventually became Assistant Curator at the Australian Museum (1908-1920) then Scientific Director of the Great Barrier Reef Committee. Hedley migrated first to New Zealand and then to Australia to help relieve his chronic asthma. He started oyster farming in Morton Bay, and later set up an orchard on Boyne Island. After injuring his arm, Hedley gave up his farming career and joined the Queensland Museum as a volunteer (1888). Within a year he was appointed to the Museumís staff. In 1891 Charles Hedley became Scientific Assistant at the Australian Museum where he remained until March 1924 when he resigned.

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1881Migrated to New Zealand
1882Migrated to Australia (Queensland)
1888Voluntary worker at the Queensland Museum in Brisbane
1889 - Fellow of the Linnean Society of London
1889 - 1891Staff member of the Queensland Museum
1890Collecting expedition to Papua
1891 - 1896Scientific Assistant at the Australian Museum in Sydney
1896Royal Society of London expedition to Funafuti Atoll in the Ellice Islands
1896 - 1907Conchologist at the Australian Museum
1897Collection expedition to New Caledonia
1908 - 1920Assistant Curator at the Australian Museum
1909 - 1911President of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1914President of the Royal Society - New South Wales
1916David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
1921 - 1924Principal Keeper of Collections at the Australian Museum
1924Scientific Director of the Great Barrier Reef Committee

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Created: 20 October 1993
Modified: 4 October 2005

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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