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Author Craig, James Whitelaw, 1849-1880

Title Diary of a naturalist : being the record of three years' work collecting specimens in the South of France and Australia, 1873-1877 / by James Whitelaw Craig ; edited by A.F. Craig
Published Paisley, Scotland : J. and R. Parlane, 1908


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 ADPML SPC  508.94 Cra/Doa  LIB USE ONLY
Description 222 pages 15 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 19 cm
Summary Diary, Sept. 1873 to Mar. 1877. The first portion of the diary records an expedition to the south of France, during which he collected specimens of birds, insects, butterflies and plants, which he later presented to the Paisley Museum. Craig added to his collection while in Australia from 1874 to 1877. The record of his activities during this period make up the second portion of his diary. The daily entries are very detailed, recording several temperature readings most days together with general meteorological notes and observations on the natural history of the area being visited. Although Craig spent time in Melbourne and Sydney and travelled around the surrounding countryside he spent the largest part of his stay in or near Brisbane. He befriended many aborigines and his diary contains extensive notes on their attitudes, behaviour and customs, the notes often being accomapanied by drawings done by Craig. Accounts of his collection activities frequently include local lore related to events such as bushfires, and to the disappearance of species from a locality
Notes Printed for private circulation
Subject Animals -- Identification.
Natural history -- Australia.
Natural history -- France, Southern.
Natural history -- France.
Natural history -- Australia -- Queensland -- Brisbane region
Plants -- Identification.
Genre/Form Autobiographies.
Author Craig, A. F
LC no. 86337495