Robert Etheridge Junior

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1846 Born May 23rd, son of Robert Etheridge, Geologist.
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).
1878 Resigned. Appointed Assistant Naturalist, British Museum, on removal of collections to South Kensington.
Prepared catalogue of Blastoidea with help of P.H. Carpenter.
Compiled bibliography of Australian Geology.
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.
1892 Produced joint work with Jack on “The Geology and Palaeontology of Queensland and New Guinea”.
1895 Became Director of Australian Museum.
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.

1895 Received Clarke Memorial Medal from Royal Society of New South Wales
1911 Received Muller Memorial Medal from the Australian Association for the Advancement of Science.

Biographies and obituaries

Robert Etheridge Junior — Wikipedia article

Robert Etheridge Jr, Curator, 1895-1919". Australian Museum. Retrieved 28 May 2015.

Serle, Percival (1949). "Etheridge, Robert". Dictionary of Australian Biography. Sydney: Angus and Robertson. Retrieved 2008-10-12.

G. P. Walsh, Etheridge, Robert (1846-1920), Australian Dictionary of Biography, Vol. 8, MUP, 1981, pp 442-443. Retrieved on 12 October 2008


Nicholson, H.A.. Etheridge (Junior), R.. 1880. A monograph of the Silurian fossils of the Girvan district in Ayrshire : with special reference to those contained in the "Gray collection". - Edinburgh & London: William Blackwood and Sons

Etheridge (Junior), R.. Brown, H.Y.L.. 1907. Official contributions to the palaeontology of South Australia. - Adelaide: C. E. Bristow

Brown, H.Y.L.. Etheridge (Junior), R.. 1905. Report on geological explorations in the west and north-west of South Australia. - Adelaide: C. E. Bristow

BGS archives

Ref No Title Description
GSM/DC/A/C/8/246,248-249 R Etheridge (Jun): Letters on his appointment.
GSM/DC/A/C/24/214-215 R Etheridge (Jun): Letters on his transfer.
GSM/DC/A/C/25/92-97 R Etheridge: Letters about his resignation and removal to the British Museum.
GSM/DC/A/C/25/93 E A Bond: Letter on the transfer of R. Etheridge.
GSM/GL/Er Robert Etheridge (Jnr) Joined the Survey in 1871 as Palaeontologist and worked in Scotland until 1878 when he left to...