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Biographical entry Morton, Alexander (1854 - 1907)

11 September 1854
New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America
27 May 1907
Sandy Bay, Tasmania, Australia
Museum curator and Naturalist


Alexander Morton became Curator of the Royal Society of Tasmania's museum in Hobart in 1884 (renamed the Tasmanian Museum, Art Gallery and Botanical Gardens in 1885 when it was transferred to the state). He was Director of that institution 1903-1907.

Archival resources

Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Collection

  • Alexander Morton - Records, 1874 - 1907; Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Community History Collection. Details

Royal Society of Tasmania

  • Alexander Morton - Records, 1882 - 1907, Ms 165; Royal Society of Tasmania. Details

Published resources

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Journal Articles

  • Huxley, J. K., 'Courtier to the Powerful and Zealous Curator for the People: the Contribution of Alexander Morton to the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, 1884-1907', Kanunnah, vol. 2, 2008, pp. 1-34. Details
  • Morton, Alex, 'Some Account of the Work and Workers of the Tasmanian Society and the Royal Society of Tasmania, From the Year 1840 to the Close of 1900.', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1900, pp. 109-126. Details


McCarthy, G.J.