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Grey's wallaby
Title : Grey's wallaby Grey's wallaby
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Creator : Gould, John, 1804-1881
Source : The mammals of Australia, vol. 2, plate 19
Place Of Creation : London
Publisher : John Gould
Date of creation : 1863
Additional Creator : Grey, George, Sir, 1812-1898
Format : Book
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Halmaturus Greyi (now known as Macropus Greyi) was named after the explorer and South Australian Governor, Sir George Grey. Grey led an expedition to the South East of South Australia in 1844. It is possible this specimen was collected on that journey; it was described by GR Waterhouse in his 1848 publication A natural history of the mammalia. John Gould included two lithographs of it in his massive three volume folio The Mammals of Australia. He writes 'This fine wallaby was first sent to this country [i.e.England] from South Australia by His Excellency Sir George Grey after whom it was named. It is a species quite distinct from every other, but is perhaps most nearly allied to the Halmaturus manicatus, an animal inhabiting the country farther to the westward ... Its favourite places of rest are flats near the sea-shore, particularly low sand-hills and open grounds, where the surface is bare and unbroken ...' The specimen was caught between Lake Albert and the Glenelg River.

George Grey led an expedition in April and May 1844 to the south-east of South Australia to explore country that was only roughly known from the reports of men overlanding stock from Victoria. Thomas Burr, Deputy Surveyor General and George French Angas, artist, were among those who accompanied him. John Gould was an artist and entrepreneur who is perhaps best known for his eight volume Birds of Australia, but who produced also several folios on Australian mammals and folios on the birds of other countries and of particular species. He employed collectors in Australia to obtain specimens for him, and also obtained specimens from explorers. He also visited Australia with his wife Elizabeth who was one of his artists, travelling around the colonies and collecting his own specimens.
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Grey, George, Sir, 1812-1898

Gould, John, 1804-1881

Coverage year : 1844
Region : South East
Further reading :
Burr, Thomas 'Account of Governor Grey's exploratory journey along the south-eastern seaboard of South Australia', Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, vol. 15, 1845. pp. 160-184
Waterhouse, G. R. A natural history of the Mammalia London: Hippolyte Bailliere, 1848
Gould, John, The best of Gould's mammals: selections from Mammals of Australia, volumes I, II and III ... with modern commentaries by Joan M. Dixon South Melbourne: Macmillan, 1984
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