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

Also known as
Oliver, Walter Reginald Brook (1883-1957)
Field of activity
Botanist, Museum director and 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 New Zealand Birds 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.

  • 1896 Life event - Migrated to New Zealand with his parents
  • 1900 - 1914 Career position - Officer in the New Zealand Customs Department
  • 1907 - 1908 Career position - Expedition to Sunday Island in the Kermadec Group
  • 1909 Career position - Collection expedition to Chatham Islands (one month)
  • 1910 Career position - Collection expedition to Stewart Island (two month)
  • 1913 Career position - Collection expedition to Lord Howe Island (fifteen days)
  • 1914 - 1918 Career position - War service with the New Zealand Expeditionary Force
  • 1919 Career position - Collection of plants from Tahiti
  • 1919 - 1920 Career position - Senior Officer in the New Zealand Customs Department
  • 1920 - 1927 Career position - Senior Scientific Assistant at the Dominion Museum in Wellington
  • 1924 - 1927 Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at Victoria University College
  • 1927 - Award - Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand (later renamed the Royal Society of New Zealand)
  • 1928 - 1947 Career position - Director of the Dominion Museum
  • 1929 - 1933 Career position - Member of the Board of Governors of the New Zealand Institute / Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 1930 Career position - New Zealand Birds published
  • c. 1931 Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at Victoria University College
  • 1934 Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of New Zealand
  • 1934 - 1956 Career position - Council member of the New Zealand Institute / Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 1936 Award - Hector Memorial Medal and Prize received
  • 1937 - 1938 Award - Carnegie Corporation travel grant received to study developments in museums overseas
  • 1939 Career position - British Empire member of the British Ornithologists' Union
  • 1943 - 1944 Career position - President of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union
  • 1947 Life event - Retired
  • 1948 Career position - Relieving Director of the Canterbury Museum
  • 1949 Career position - Collection expedition to Fiordland
  • 1950 Award - Hutton Memorial Medal received
  • 1952 - 1954 Career position - President of the Royal Society of New Zealand
  • 1956 Career position - Collection expedition to Norfolk Island

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  1. New Zealand birds
    Oliver, W. R. B. (Walter Reginald Brook), 1883-1957
    [ Book : 1930-1974 ]
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  2. The moas of New Zealand and Australia / W.R.B. Oliver
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  4. Nature study : plants and animals of New Zealand / by W.R.B. Oliver
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  5. The birds of Stewart Island / by W.R.B. Oliver
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  6. A report on the museums and art galleries of Australia and New Zealand
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  7. New Zealand museums : present establishment and future policy / by W.R.B. Oliver
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  8. Botanical discovery in New Zealand : the resident botanists / by W.R.B. Oliver
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  9. Report of the sixteenth meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science, Wellington meeting, January, 1923 / edited by W.R.B. Oliver
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  10. Avian evolution in New Zealand and Australia
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