Abstract

John William Lewin was the author of the first work published on Australian Birds. He arrived in New South Wales in 1798 by H.M.S. "Buffalo," and is thus referred to by the Duke of Portland in a communication to Governor Hunter) under date 6th February, 1798. "Mr. Lewin is a painter and drawer in natural history, and being desirous of pursuing his studies in a country which cannot fail to improve that branch of knowledge, you will allow him the usual Government rations during his residence in the settlement." In 1801 Lewin accompanied Lieutenant Colonel Paterson, the Lieutenant-Governor of the Colony, and others in an exploring expedition up the Hunter and Paterson Rivers, the latter previous to the visit being known as Cedar Arm Surgeon Harris, writing from the Hunter River on 25th June 1801, to Governor King remarks: "The Colonel says he has found several new plants here, and Mr. Lewin also says he has met with new birds. If so, they are above my comprehension, as I see nothing new about them, one hawk excepted, and that only -in colour being red with a white head."

 
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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
North, 1906, Rec. Aust. Mus. 6(3): 121–128
Author
Alfred J. North
Year
1906
Title
On two early Australian ornithologists
Serial Title
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume
6
Issue
3
Start Page
121
End Page
128
DOI
10.3853/j.0067-1975.6.1906.996
Language
English
Plates
plate xvii [sic]
Date Published
19 June 1906
Cover Date
19 June 1906
ISSN
0067-1975
CODEN
RAUMAJ
Publisher
The Australian Museum
Place Published
Sydney, Australia
Digitized
06 August 2009
Reference Number
996
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