Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook) (1883-1957)

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Oliver, Walter Reginald Brook (1883-1957)
Field of activity
Botanist; Museum director; Ornithologist
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Biographies

Walter Reginald B. Oliver was one of New Zealand's most prolific collectors of flora and fauna. He also wrote numerous classic texts in the fields of botany and ornithology, including the book and made significant contributions to the study of mollusca and whales. He was a long-term member, councilor, one-time President and a Fellow of the New Zealand Institute / Royal Society of New Zealand and was heavily involved in other national and international scientific organizations. His first job was as an officer with the New Zealand Customs Department and that saw him help plan an expedition to the Kermadec Islands (1907-1908). This trip resulted in the publication of seven major scientific articles on the island's geology, flora and fauna. When he returned to Christchurch, he continued his own private collection trips. After serving in World War I, Oliver made a short return to the Customs Department, then went on to become Senior Scientific Assistant (1920-1927) and later Director at the Dominion Museum in Wellington (1928-1947). After his retirement in 1947, Oliver continued his own private research and collections.

  • Life event - Migrated to New Zealand with his parents
  • Career position - Officer in the New Zealand Customs Department
  • Career position - Expedition to Sunday Island in the Kermadec Group
  • Career position - Collection expedition to Chatham Islands (one month)
  • Career position - Collection expedition to Stewart Island (two month)
  • Career position - Collection expedition to Lord Howe Island (fifteen days)
  • Career position - War service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force
  • Career position - Collection of plants from Tahiti
  • Career position - Senior Officer in the New Zealand Customs Department
  • Career position - Senior Scientific Assistant at the Dominion Museum in Wellington
  • Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at Victoria University College
  • Award - Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (later renamed the Royal Society of New Zealand)
  • Career position - Director of the Dominion Museum
  • Career position - Member of the Board of Governors of the New Zealand Institute / Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Career position - published
  • Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at Victoria University College
  • Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of New Zealand
  • Career position - Council member of the New Zealand Institute / Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Award - Hector Memorial Medal and Prize received
  • Award - Carnegie Corporation travel grant received to study developments in museums overseas
  • Career position - British Empire member of the British Ornithologists' Union
  • Career position - President of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
  • Life event - Retired
  • Career position - Relieving Director of the Canterbury Museum
  • Career position - Collection expedition to Fiordland
  • Award - Hutton Memorial Medal received
  • Career position - President of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • Career position - Collection expedition to Norfolk Island

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Resources for W. R. B. Oliver

Selected resources (5)

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Oliver, Walter Reginald Brook
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. The Literature of Australian Birds: a History and a Bibliography of Australian Ornithology
    Whittell, H. M.
    Published: Patterson Brokensha, Perth, 1954
  3. Oliver, Walter Reginald Brook 1883-1957
    Dell, R. K.
    Published: 1998
    Series: Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, 4
  4. Oliver, Walter Reginald Brook (Australia-New Zealand 1883-1957)
    Smith, Charles H.
    Series: Some Biogeographers, Evolutionists and Ecologists: Chrono-Biographical Sketches
  5. The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001
    Robin, Libby
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001

Resources by W. R. B. Oliver (11)

  1. New Zealand birds
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1930-1974 ]
    At 25 libraries
    New Zealand birds
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.093)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 28.093)

  2. The moas of New Zealand and Australia / W.R.B. Oliver
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1949 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.848)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 13.848)

  3. Manual of the New Zealand flora / by T.F. Cheeseman
    Cheeseman, T. F. (Thomas Frederick), 1846-1923
    [ Book : 1906-1925 ]
    At 14 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.281)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 12.281)

  4. Nature study : plants and animals of New Zealand / by W.R.B. Oliver
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1948-1959 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.913)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.913)

  5. The birds of Stewart Island / by W.R.B. Oliver
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1926 ]
    At National Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.029)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 11.029)

  6. A report on the museums and art galleries of Australia and New Zealand
    Markham, Sydney, Sir, 1897-
    [ Book : 1933 ]
    At 20 libraries
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 10.73)

  7. New Zealand museums : present establishment and future policy / by W.R.B. Oliver
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1944 ]
    At 4 libraries
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 9.946)

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  8. Botanical discovery in New Zealand : the resident botanists / by W.R.B. Oliver
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1951 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.925)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.925)

  9. The genus Coprosma / by W.R.B. Oliver
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1935-1971 ]
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    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.051)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 7.051)

  10. Report of the sixteenth meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, Wellington meeting, January, 1923 / edited by W.R.B. Oliver
    Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science. Wellington). 1923 :
    [ Book : 1923 ]
    At Nat Met Library
    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.969)

    This resource is very relevant to your query (score: 6.969)

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