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Corporate entry Australasian Ornithologist's Union (1901 - 1910)



The Australasian Ornithologist's Union was formed in 1901 as a national group of bird enthusiasts with the objects of promoting the advancement and popularisation of ornithology, the protection of Australia's avifauna, and the publication of a magazine to be called The emu. In 1910, with the granting of a Royal warrant from King George V, it became the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union.


 1901 - 1910 Australasian Ornithologist's Union
       1910 - 1997 Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
             1997 - 2011 Birds Australia
                   2012 - Birdlife Australia

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Published resources


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

Journal Articles

  • Anon, 'The Australasian Ornithologists' Union: its origin', Emu, vol. 1, no. 1-5, 1901. Details
  • Campbell, A. J., 'President's address: the Union and its work', Emu, vol. 10, 1910, pp. 178-81. Details
  • Dickison, D. J., 'The first fifty years of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union', Emu, vol. 51, 1951, pp. 185-284. Details

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