[Editor: This membership card, of the Gould League of Bird Lovers of Victoria, is dated 1935-36.]
The Gould League
Annual Membership Card
This is to Certify that
…… Mavis Perrin ……
is a Member of the League for the Year
A. H. Mattingley, C.F.A.O.U.
H. N. Beck
[Handwritten text, in italics]
Dimensions (approximate): 146 mm. (width), 84 mm. (height).
The reverse side of the membership card is blank.
Gould League of Bird Lovers = an organisation founded in Victoria, in 1909, with the aim of protecting Australian native birds, to stop the collecting of their eggs, to create bird sanctuaries, and to develop people’s interest in, and knowledge of, native birds; branches were subsequently founded in other Australian states; the organisation was named after John Gould (1804-1881), the renowned ornithologist; the organisation’s name was shortened in 1967 to the Gould League, to reflect the widening of its focus to include other environmental issues
See: 1) “Gould League history”, Gould League
2) “Gould League of Bird Lovers of New South Wales membership”, NSW Schoolhouse Museum of Public Education
3) “Gould League of Bird Lovers”, Museums & Galleries of NSW (NSW Government), 19 August 2016
4) “Gould League”, Wikipedia [includes a high-definition copy of a Gould League of Bird Lovers of Victoria certificate]
See also: “[search results for “Gould League of Bird Lovers”]”, Victorian Collections [results show various items, including several membership certificates for the Gould League of Bird Lovers]
Hon. = an abbreviation of “honourable”, especially used as a style to refer to government ministers, or as a courtesy to members of parliament (as a style, it is commonly capitalised, e.g. “the Hon. Member”)
ornithologist = someone who studies birds; someone who engages in ornithology (the scientific study of birds, including their behaviour, classification, habitat, and physiology)
John Gould = (1804-1881), ornithologist; he was born in Lyme Regis (Dorset, England) in 1804, spent over a year and a half in Australia (September 1838 to April 1840) studying birds and mammals, and died in London in 1881; based upon his time spent in Australia, he published two multi-volume sets of books, The Birds of Australia (1840-1848) and The Mammals of Australia (1849-1861), both of which were critically acclaimed
See: 1) A. H. Chisholm, “Gould, John (1804–1881)”, Australian Dictionary of Biography
2) “John Gould”, Wikipedia
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