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Biographical entry Chalmers, Robert Oliver

Geologist and Mineralogist


Robert Chalmers started work at the Australian Museum in Sydney, as a cadet in 1929 eventually working as the Museum's mineralogist. He was interested in gemstones as minerals; studied the salt crust surface of Lake Eyre; discovered Australite localities and was educated in geology at Sydney Technical College.

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National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Robert Oliver Chalmers - Records, 1920 - 1977, DeB 993; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

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  • Chalmers, Oliver, 'Minerals in the Australian Museum - 1901 to 1945', Records of the Australian Museum, supplement, vol. 15, 1992, pp. 111-28. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Thomas Hodge-Smith', Records of the Australian Museum, vol. 21, no. 7, 1946, pp. 377-9. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Stories Behind the Museum's Collections', Australian Natural History, vol. 14, 1962, pp. 116-120. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Captain Cook's Australian Landmarks', Australian Natural History, vol. 16, no. 8, 1970, pp. 241-288. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'The A. D. Combe mineral collection', Australian Museum Magazine, vol. 9, no. 5, 1974, pp. 147-8. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'Early Geology: Studies and Sermons', Australian Natural History, vol. 19, no. 2, 1977, pp. 50-53. Details
  • Chalmers, R. O., 'The history of the Department of Mineralogy, Australian Museum, part 1, 1827-1901', Journal of the Mineralogical Society of New South Wales, vol. 1, 1979, pp. 13-21. Details


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