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Biographical entry Mack, George (1899 - 1963)

2 October 1899
Killearn, Scotland
24 October 1963
Museum director and Ornithologist


George Mack worked for the Queensland Museum 1945-1963 and was director 1946-1963. Previously he worked for the National Museum of Victoria from 1923.


Born Killearn, Scotland, 2 October 1899. Died Brisbane, 24 October 1963. Educated University of Melbourne (BSc). War service, Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders 1914-19; migrated to Western Australia ca 1919; National Museum Melbourne 1923-45, ornithologist from 1935 and in charge of the fish collection during World War II; senior scientific assistant to the director of the Queensland Museum 1945, acting director 1946, director 1946-63. President, Royal Society of Queensland; president, Anthropological Society of Queensland; president, Queensland Naturalists' club; executive member, Great Barrier Reef Committee. Professional ornithologist and collector, who wrote a number of articles on taxonomy and believed that it was necessary to study bird skins for positive identification. Wrote Birds from Cape York Peninsula, Queensland (1953).

Archival resources

Queensland Museum Library

  • George Mack - Records, 1945 - 1963; Queensland Museum Library. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: George Mack', Emu, vol. 63, no. 4, 1964, pp. 343-344. Details
  • 'George Mack: Obituary', Queensland Naturalist, vol. 17, no. 3/4, 1964, p. 75. Details
  • Mack, G., 'John Gould's Correspondence with Sir Frederick McCoy', Emu, vol. 38, 1938. Details
  • Mack, George, 'The Queensland Museum, 1855-1955', Memoirs of the Queensland Museum, vol. 13, no. 2, 1956, pp. 107-24. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Robin, Libby, The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001, 492 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Rosanne Walker