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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