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Wheeler, Wilson Roy (Roy) (1905 - 1988)

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Born: 6 November 1905  Coleraine, Victoria, Australia.  Died: 25 September 1988.
Wilson Roy (Roy) Wheeler was a postman and keen amateur ornithologist. He was particularly interested in the distribution of birds and this interest led to the publication of his Handlist of the Birds of Victoria. He was active in the cause of conservation of birds and their habitat.

Career Highlights
Born Coleraine, Victoria, 6 November 1905. Died 25 September 1988. MBE 1969. Educated Coleraine High School. Joined Postmaster-General's Department 1921 and remained there all his working life. Australian Natural History Medallion 1965; Honorary Member, South Australian Ornithological Association 1970; Fellow, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1971. President, Bird Observers' Club 1951-53, secretary 1953-at least 1969; President, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1964-65. From 1950 Convener, Altona Survey Group (Victorian Ornithological Research Group from 1962), whose work on the Silver Gull formed one of the earliest banding studies in Australia. Joint editor, World Bird Day Bird Lists 1951-54, editor 1955-60; sometime chairman, International Council of Bird Preservation. Council member, Gould League from 1950, judging many of their competitions and helping in the preparation of film strips shown to thousands of school children. Conducted adult education classes at Mount Beauty. Joined the CSIRO bird-banding scheme for Australia 1953, publishing A Handlist of the Birds of Victoria in 1967.

Structure based on ISAAR(CPF) - click here for an explanation of the fields.Prepared by: Rosanne Walker
Created: 20 April 2001
Modified: 25 May 2006

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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