White, S. A. (Samuel Albert) (1870-1954)

Also known as
White, Samuel Albert (1870-1954)
Field of activity
ornithologist; conservationist; Ornithologist and Conservationist
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Samuel Albert White (1870-1954), ornithologist and conservationist, was born on 20 December 1870 at Reedbeds (Fulham), Adelaide, son of Samuel White, ornithologist, and his wife Martha Elsea, née Taylor....

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Samuel Albert White was a keen ornithologist and conservationist who undertook an ornithological survey of the whole of South Australia and much of the Northern Territory. He was a central figure in the declaration of national parks in South Australia.

Son of Samuel White (q.v.). Educated various private schools, in particular Christian Brothers' College. Noted racehorse owner of private means. Made ornithological trips to the Murray River 1887, Western Australia 1888, Eyre Peninsula 1891 and north Queensland; fought in the Boer War 1900-03, where he reached the rank of captain, a title he continued to use; big-game hunting expedition to Central and East Africa 1903; trips to Tasmania 1906, Tweed River district of New South Wales 1907; collaborated with G.M. Mathews on The Birds of Australia (London, 1910-27), mounting major collecting expeditions to Alice Springs 1913, the Musgrave and Everard ranges 1914, Cooper's Creek with the South Australian Museum expedition 1916, Nullarbor Plains 1917-18, the Finke River with Edgeworth David and Walter Howchin 1921 and Adelaide to Darwin and back 1922. Ornithological survey of the whole of South Australia and much of the Northern Territory. Central figure in the declaration of national parks in South Australia. Eminent public speaker. Wrote articles for the press and booklets about his journeys, in particular The Gawler Ranges (1913), Into the Dead Heart (1914) and The Life of Samuel White (1920). President, South Australian Ornithological Association 1904 and 1911, honorary member 1941; British Empire Member, British Ornithologists' Union 1912; president, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union 1914-16; Corresponding Fellow, American Ornithologists' Union 1919. Chairman, Advisory Board of Agriculture; State Chief Commissioner, Boy Scouts' Association 1923-31. Awarded an annual medal for many years for best essay or notes and observations on birds by a South Australian school student. G.M. Mathews (q.v.) named a number of genera, species and sub-species of bird after him and also after his wife Rosina, and White used the name 'marianae' in honour of Mrs. Mathews.

His first wife, whom he married on 19 April 1906, was Ethel Rosina, née Toms. She was born 28 December 1876 and died 11 May 1926. She accompanied him on many of his collecting trips in Australia and is commemorated by the genera Ethelornis and Rosina and by a number of species and sub-species, named by G.M. Mathews between 1912 and 1923.

  • 1934 Taxonomy event - Description of the eucalyptus bicolor A. Cunn. Ex Hook. var. xanthophylla Blakely (1934), of which White collected the type

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Botanists of the Eucalypts : short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material
    Hall, Norman
    [1978]
    Published: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO)
  2. White, Samuel Albert (1870-1954), Ornithologist and ConservationistAustralian Dictionary of Biography John Ritchie 12 472-473 : White, Samuel Albert (1870-1954), Ornithologist and Conservationist
    Linn, R. W.
    [1990]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  3. The Life of Samuel White
    White, S. A.
    [1920]
  4. The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001
    Robin, Libby
    [2001]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  5. South Australian Museum Archives: Samuel Albert White - Records (1890 - 1954)
    Field notebooks; correspondence; manuscript material and ephemera; overall dates c1890-1954.
  6. Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science: Australian Botanists - Biographies
    Hunt Institute Biographies. Short biographies, averaging 2 pages, of Australian botanists, botanical collectors or artists.
    MS 064

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  1. Bunya or Mystery Mountains. To Robe via The Coorong. A camp out in New South Wales. Ornithologists in the West / by S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1920 ]
    At 7 libraries
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  2. The life of Samuel White : soldier, naturalist, sailor / S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1920 ]
    At 16 libraries
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  3. In the far North-West : an expedition to the Musgrave and Everard Ranges / by S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1916 ]
    At 14 libraries
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  4. Ooldea on the East-West railway : on the flooded Murray River, and other sketches / by S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1917 ]
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  5. [Central Australia : bound collection of pamphlets, 1913-1915]
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1913 ]
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  6. [Central Australia : bound collection of pamphlets, 1914-1916]
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1914 ]
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  7. In the far north-east : a scientific expedition / by S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1916-2008 ]
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  8. Scientific notes on an expedition into the north-western regions of South Australia / by S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1915 ]
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  9. Into the dead heart : an ornithological trip through Central Australia / by S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1914-1998 ]
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  10. Samuel Albert White photographs of South Australian Aboriginal people and the Boer War / Samuel White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Photograph : 1897-1905 ]
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  1. Birds of Australia / illustrations by John Gould ; text by Abram Rutgers
    Gould, John, 1804-1881
    [ Book : 1197-2006 ]
    Languages: English;French;Dutch;Undetermined, [3 others]
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  2. Bunya or Mystery Mountains. To Robe via The Coorong. A camp out in New South Wales. Ornithologists in the West / by S.A. White
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1920 ]
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  3. The ornithology of Australia. by Silvester Diggles
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    [ Book : 1865-1991 ]
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  4. Nature's pilgrim : the life and journeys of Captain S.A. White, naturalist, author and conservationist / Rob Linn
    Linn, Rob
    [ Book : 1989 ]
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  5. Captain White and the house of birds : the expeditions and collections of Samuel Albert White / Philip Jones
    Jones, Philip G., 1955-
    [ Book : 1992 ]
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  6. The birds of Australia : selected plates. by Gregory M. Mathews
    Mathews, Gregory M. (Gregory Macalister), 1876-1949
    [ Book : 1910-1992 ]
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  7. Images of the Interior : seven Central Australian photographers / Philip Jones
    Jones, Philip G., 1955-
    [ Book : 2011 ]
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  8. S.A. (Bert) White
    T. Jackson, photographer
    [ Photograph : 1902 ]
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  9. [Central Australia : bound collection of pamphlets, 1913-1915]
    White, S. A. (Samuel Albert), 1870-1954
    [ Book : 1913 ]
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  10. Captain White, taxidermist and explorer
    Laver, Jack, photographer
    [ Photograph : 1924 ]
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