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Michael Sharland and Family
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Start Date:
14 Jun 1899
End Date:
31 Dec 1988
Includes the records created by Michael (1899-1987), Iris (1905-88) and Arthur Sharland (1902-74).
Michael Sharland was born at Bellerive on 14 June 1899 and died in Hobart on 11 February 1987. Educated at Campbelltown Grammar School, his early journalistic training was with 'The Mercury', for which he wrote a nature column in 'The Illustrated Tasmanian Mail' and, after 'The Mail' ceased publication, in 'Saturday's Mercury', under the pen-name 'Peregrine' for 60 years (ca 1921-71). He was on the 'Sydney Morning Herald' staff from 1927 to 1940; 'The Argus' (Melbourne) from 1929, a correspondent for Reuters in London; chief photographer for the Australian Paratroop Battalion, and was attached to the Visual Education Section, Air Board during World War II. He served as Superintendent of Scenic Reserves, in the Tasmanian Lands Department from 1947 to 1962; as honorary ornithologist for the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, was a Fellow of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales; President of the Tasmanian Field Naturalists' Club 1945-46 as well as a life member of the Club; honorary life member and gold badge holder of the Gould League of Bird Lovers, New South Wales; President of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1949-51; and was a founder in 1971 and life member of the Bird Observers Association of Tasmania. He served as a member of the Tasmanian Fauna Board and as a member of the Nomenclature Board. He published several books on birds and the natural history of Tasmania. He was a skilled photographer, particularly in black-and-white, winning two international awards for his bird photography. His books include 'Tasmanian Birds' (1945), 'Stones of a Century' (1952), 'Tasmanian Wild Life' (1962) and 'Birds of the Sun' (1966).
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Originally published by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre