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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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Description :

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 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.

Grey's expedition in April and May 1844 to the south-east of South Australia was 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. Burr wrote an account of the expedition in the Journal of the Royal Geographical Society, which contains a map and illustrations by Angas. John Gould, artist and entrepreneur is perhaps best known for his eight volume Birds of Australia, but he also produced 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, obtained specimens from other explorers, and visited Australia with his wife Elizabeth, also an accomplished zoological artist.
Related names :

Grey, George, Sir, 1812-1898

Gould, John, 1804-1881

Coverage year : 1844
Period : 1836-1851
Place : South Australia
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

Datta, Ann, John Gould: in Australia: letters and drawings with a catalogue of manuscripts, correspondence and drawings relating to the birds and mammals of Australia held in the Natural History Museum, London Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, 1997

Internet links :

State Library of South Australia, Factsheet, Sir George Grey

Australian Faunal Directory: Macropus Greyi Waterhouse 1845

Australian Dictionary of biography online: Grey, Sir George (1812-1898)

George Edward Grey Wikipedia

John Gould Inc. Australian Museums Online

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