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Biographical entry Rayment, Percy Tarlton (1882 - 1964)

27 November 1882
Reading, Berkshire, England
17 June 1964
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Naturalist and Author


Tarlton Rayment was a Melbourne beekeeper and naturalist who published widely on broad range of natural history topics, as well as making radio broadcasts and films. He was particularly known for his writings on beekeeping and the nutrition of bees, his best-known book being A cluster of bees (1935). Other research was on the taxonomy of bees, many of his papers describing new species and genera and being accompanied by the skilled drawings he did of his subjects and plants they favoured. He worked for short periods for the CSIRO Division of Entomology identifying specimens, and in 1952 became Honorary Entomologist at the National Museum of Victoria. His work was recognised with a Fellowship of the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales in 1946 and the Australian Natural History Medallion in 1951. Rayment was active in local naturalists' societies, being President of the Entomological Society of Victoria and the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria.



Life event - Migrated to Australia
1930 - 1931
Career position - President, Entomological Society of Victoria
1945 - 1964
Career position - Fellow, Zoological Society of London
Award - Fellow, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1952 -
Career position - Honorary Entomologist, National Museum of Victoria
1954 - 1955
Career position - Vice-President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1955 - 1956
Career position - President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Gilbert Percy Whitley - Records, 1942 - 1964, MS 022; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
  • Percy Tarlton Rayment - Records, 1940 - 1949, MS 138; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO

  • Percy Tarlton Rayment - Records, 1902 - 1960; Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO. Details

Cornell University, USA

  • Percy Tarlton Rayment - Records, 1902 - 1964; Cornell University, USA. Details

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Percy Tarlton Rayment - Records, 1938 - 1949; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Young, Lynette, The melody lingers on: biography of Tarlton Rayment, F. R. Z. S., Hawthorn Press, Melbourne, 1967, 123 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Walker, Kenneth L., 'Rayment, Percy Tarlton (1882-1964), Apiarist, Biologist and Writer', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 338-339. Also available at Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn