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History of land vertebrates collection

The Land Vertebrates Collection has been formed over the Museum's 150-year history

Included in the extensive collection are the oldest surviving New Zealand stuffed birds, bought from Mr I. St John, a taxidermist of Nelson, around 1856-57.

Important dates and sub-collections

1874-1923 T.F. Cheeseman was notable curator of the collection
1876-1883 Pacific Island birds collected by the Rev. George Brown
1878-1881 Exchange material from the Geneva Museum, Switzerland
1879 New Guinea bird skins from Andrew Goldie
1880-1881 A notable taxidermists employed by the Museum has been Andreas Reischek
1880-1911 The McLean New Zealand bird egg collections
1880-1914 The Munro collection of Hawaiian birds
1881-1883 Exchange material from Dr Garnier, Canada
1881-1892 Exchange material from the Florence Museum, Italy
1886-1892 Exchange material from the Smithsonian Institution, U.S.A
1888-1912 Kermadec and Norfolk Island birds collected by the Bell family
1900-1940s Buddle New Zealand bird egg collections
1911-1919 Chatham Island birds collected by Dannefaerd
1924 Western Samoan birds from the Whitney South Sea Expedition
1928-1937 Sir Robert Falla was the curator of Land Vertebrates
1929-1931 Birds of the British, Australian, New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition
1929-1953 A notable taxidermists employed by the Museum has been Charles Dover
1930s The McGregor collection of Australian study-skins
1930-1932 The Hughes collection of Sri Lankan birds
1930-1940 Gilbert Archeys moa bone collection
1937-1957 E.G. Turbott was curator