Robert Etheridge

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1846 Born May 23rd, son of Robert Etheridge, Geologist.
1819 Born December 3rd at Ross, Herefordshire. Educated at private school in Ross. Became tutor at a school in Bristol, then entered business. Met W. Sanders, geologist, and S. Stutchbury, Curator of Museum of Natural History at Bristol.
1850-1857 Succeeded Stutchbury as Curator. Also became lecturer on Botany in Bristol Medical School.
1846 Took up geological work in Australia in first Geological Survey of Victoria under A.R.C. Selwyn. Survey disbanded and Etheridge returned home.
1871 Appointed Palaeontologist to Geological Survey of Scotland (his father being Palaeontologist to English Survey).
1854 F.G.S.
1878 Resigned. Appointed Assistant Naturalist, British Museum, on removal of collections to South Kensington.
1855 F.R.S.E.
1857 Appointed Assistant Naturalist under Huxley at Jermyn Street to catalogue and describe Mesozoic and Cainozoic fossils.
Prepared catalogue of Blastoidea with help of P.H. Carpenter.
Report on Thames mud and water printed.
Compiled bibliography of Australian Geology.
1863 Succeeded J.W. Salter as Palaeontologist.
Studied fossils sent from Queensland by R. Logan Jack.
1887 Returned to Australia as Palaeontologist to Geological Survey of New South Wales and to Australian Museum, Sydney. Worked there for last 33 years of his life.
1865 “Catalogue of Fossils in Museum of Practical Geology”.
1892 Produced joint work with Jack on “The Geology and Palaeontology of Queensland and New Guinea”.
1867 Paper to Geological Society on “Physical structure of N. Devon and palaeontological value of Devonian fossils”. (defence of unity of Devonian system).
1868 Report on Somerset Coalfield to “Royal Commission on Coal”.
1895 Became Director of Australian Museum.
1871 F.R.S.
Initiated “Records of the Geological Survey”; founded new Library; published important memoirs on fossils of older rocks; founded “Records of the Australian Museum”; introduced popular science lectures and demonstrations.
1880 Murchison Medal.
1895 Received Clarke Memorial Medal from Royal Society of New South Wales
1881-1882 President of Geological Society. Addresses on analysis and distribution of British Palaeozoic and Jurassic fossils.
1911 Received Muller Memorial Medal from the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science.
1920 Died January 4th at Colo Vale, near Sydney.
Resigned from Geological Survey.
Appointed Assistant Keeper in British Museum Geology Department.
1885 “Stratigraphical geology and palaeontology” published.
1888 “Fossils of the British Islands, stratigraphically and zoologically arranged” (1st volume on Palaeozoics published).
1891 Retired. Consulting Geologist to Dover Coal Boring.
1896 Bolitho Medal from Royal Geological Society of Cornwall
1897 Paper on “The Kent Coalfield” to engineering conferences.
1903 Died.

Biographies and obituaries

Obituary - Robert Etheridge, F.R.S., L.& E., F.G.S. Born 3rd December 1819, died 18th December 1903. Geologists Magazine. New Series. v. 1 p.42-48. 1904

Obituary - Robert Etheridge (1847 - 1920). Geologists Magazine. Whole Series. v. 57 p.239-240. 1920

Lamplugh, G.W. Obituary - Robert Etheridge (son of a former President). [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 76 p.lix-lx. 1920

Geikie, A. Obituary - Robert Etheridge. [In Anniversary Address.]. Proceedings of the Geological Society in Quarterly Journal of the Geological Society. v. 60 p.lxviii-lxxi. 1904

Proceedings Royal Society LXXV (1905) p. 258.

Robert Etheridge — Wikipedia article

Etheridge, Robert Encyclopedia Britannica 1911 article on Wikisource


Date Details
1904 List of works and Memoirs: Geological Magazine (1904) pp 46-48.
1872 Fossil lists in Memoir: North Ayrshire (1872).
1873 Fossil lists in Memoir: Central Lanark (1873).
1879 Fossil lists in Memoir: Airdrie etc. (1879).
1877 Fossil lists in Memoir: Dumfries (1877).

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