Blandowski, William (1822-1878)

Also known as
Blandowski, Wilhelm (1822-1878)
Blandowski, Wilhelm von (1822-1878)
Field of activity
Zoologist; Naturalist
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William Blandowski (1822-1878), naturalist, was born on 21 January 1822 in Gliwice (Gleiwitz), Upper Silesia, son of a Prussian lieutenant-colonel of the Medical Corps and his wife, née von Woyrsch....

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Wilhelm Blandowski was Zoologist at the National Museum of Victoria from 1854, and was the first museum staff member appointed by the government. He led numerous expeditions across Victoria and surrounds collecting and illustrating thousands of specimens of Victoria's flora, fauna and geology. Blandowski also helped found the Geological Society of Victoria (1852) and the Philosophical Society of Victoria (1854). After repeated irreconcilable disagreements with Professor Frederick McCoy - palaeontologist to the Geological Survey of Victoria - he left the museum in 1859. Next he left Australia after being threatened with legal action for not returning all his specimens and illustrations and after refusing to remove material from his "Preliminary Report on Recent Discoveries in Natural History on the Lower Murray" as demanded by the Philosophical Society.

  • Career position - Entered the Royal Prussian Cadets at Chelmno (Kulm)
  • Life event - Arrived in Australia (Melbourne?)
  • Career position - Co-founder of the Geological Society of Victoria
  • Career position - Co-founder of the Philosophical Society of Victoria
  • Career position - Collecting expeditions to the coastal areas of Victoria and the region of McIvor (Heathcote) and the Black Ranges
  • Career position - Government Zoologist at the Museum of Natural History
  • Career position - Leader of a government expedition to the region at the junction of the Darling and Murray Rivers for collection of specimens for the National Museum
  • Career position - presented to the Philosophical Society of Victoria
  • Life event - Left Australia for Germany

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Blandowski, Wilhelm
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Blandowski Misses out: Ichthyological Etiquette in 19th-Century Australia
    Humphries, Paul
    Published: 2003
    Series: Endeavour, 27, 160-165
  3. Mammals of the Blandowski Expedition to North-Western Victoria, 1856-57
    Wakefield, N. A.
    Published: 1966
    Series: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 79, pt 2
  4. Blandowski, William (1822-), Naturalist
    Paszkowski, L. K.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 3, 182-183
  5. William Blandowski: the first Government Zoologist of Victoria
    Paszkowski, L.
    Published: 1967
    Series: Australian Zoologist, 14, 2, 147-172
  6. Blandowski.
    Iredale, T.
    Published: 1932
    Series: Victorian Naturalist, 49, 90-96
  7. William Blandowski's Fish: an Ethnohistorical Account Near the Junction of the Murray and Darling Rivers
    Allen, Harry
    Published: Coombs Academic Press, Australian National University, Canberra, 2001
    Series: Histories of Old Ages: Essays in Honour of Rhys Jones, 211-224
  8. William Blandowski's Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia
    Allen, Harry ed.
    Published: Aboriginal Studies Press, Canberra, 2010
  9. Naturalista, czyli Wilhelm von Blandowski w Australii. Wilhelm von Blandowski: Ein Naturforscher in Australien
    Wosz, Eva and Hermannstädter, Anita
    Published: Muzeum w Gliwicac: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin, Gliwic, Poland: Berlin, 2013
  10. The death of William Blandowski
    Darragh, Thomas A.
    Published: 2012
    Series: Transactions of the Royal Society of Victoria, 124, 234-5
  11. Carroll, Khadija
    Published: 2012
    Series: Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2012, 1, 105-8
  12. Howes, Hilary
    Published: 2011
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 22, 174-6
  13. William Blandowski and His Contribution to Nineteenth Century Science and Art in Australia
    Allen, Harry and Weldon, Elizabeth A. eds
    Published: 2009
    Series: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 121, 1-204
  14. Blandowski
    Whitley, G. P.
    Published: 1932
    Series: Victorian Naturalist, 49, 90-96
  15. Noted colonial German scientists and their contexts
    McMullen, Gabrielle
    Published: 2015
    Series: Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 127, 1, 9-16
  16. Science and the making of Victoria
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    Published: 2001

Resources by William Blandowski (40)

  1. Zakład fotograficzny Wilhelma von Blandowskiego / tekst i wybór zdjęć, Damian Recław
    Recław, Damian
    [ Book : 2013 ]
    Languages: Polish
    At National Library
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  2. William Blandowski - Australien in 142 photographischen [M853] 1862
    Blandowski, William, 1822-1878?
    [ Unpublished : 1862 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Australia Terra Cognita - W. v. Blandowski, Melbourne
    Blandowski, William, 1822-1878?
    [ Art work : 1855 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Australia Terra Cognita - W. v. Blandowski, Melbourne
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  4. Personal observations made in an excursion towards the central parts of Victoria, including Mount Macedon, McIvor, and Black Ranges
    Blandowski, William, 1822-1878
    [ Book : 1855 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  5. Recent discoveries in natural history on the lower Murray, 1858
    Blandowski, William, 1822-1878
    [ Book : 1858 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  6. Australia : William Blandowski's illustrated encyclopaedia of Aboriginal life / edited by Harry Allen
    Blandowski, William, 1822-1878
    [ Book : 2010 ]
    At 8 libraries
    Australia : William Blandowski's illustrated encyclopaedia of Aboriginal life / edited by Harry Allen
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  7. "Pattowatto" / Granite Boulder (Perrys Haystack) / looking N - W. 47 miles N by W of Melbourne
    Redaway, James, active 1840-1856
    [ Art work : 1855-1856 ]
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    At State Library VIC
    "Pattowatto" / Granite Boulder (Perrys Haystack) / looking N - W. 47 miles N by W of Melbourne
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  8. Compressed strata, west of section 512 near Morphet Valley 16 miles S. from Adelaide / W. v. Blandowski, Australia, effect & engraving by J. Redaway & Sons
    Redaway, James, active 1840-1856
    [ Art work : 1855 ]
    View online
    At National Library
    Compressed strata, west of section 512 near Morphet Valley 16 miles S. from Adelaide / W. v. Blandowski, Australia, effect & engraving by J. Redaway & Sons
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  9. Aborigines of Australia, corrobori [i.e. corroborree] or native festival / engraved by J. Redaway & Sons; W.v. Blandowski, Australia
    J. Redaway & Sons
    [ Art work : 1855-1866 ]
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  10. Brown's dos a dos near Mount Macedon, 45m. N. by W. from Melbourne / effect & engraving by J. Redaway & Sons; W.v. Blandowski, Australia
    Redaway, James, active 1840-1856
    [ Art work : 1855-1866 ]
    At National Library
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  1. Zakład fotograficzny Wilhelma von Blandowskiego / tekst i wybór zdjęć, Damian Recław
    Recław, Damian
    [ Book : 2013 ]
    Languages: Polish
    At National Library
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  2. [Biographical cuttings on Johann Wilhelm Theodor von Blandowski, soldier, naturalist, containing one or more cuttings from newspapers or journals]
    [ Published : 1900-1990 ]
    At National Library
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  3. William Blandowski : the first government zoologist of Victoria / by Lech Paszkowski
    Paszkowski, Lech, 1919-
    [ Article : 1967 ]
    At State Library VIC
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  4. Item 06: Scrapbook of illustrations, photographs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, ca. 1857-1880
    [ Unpublished : 1857-1880 ]
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    Item 06: Scrapbook of illustrations, photographs, correspondence, and newspaper clippings, ca. 1857-1880
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  5. William Blandowski : a frustrated life / Thomas A. Darragh
    Darragh, Thomas Alwynne
    [ Book : 2009 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  6. Naturalista, czyli, Wilhelm von Blandowski w Australii = Wilhelm von Blandowski : Ein Naturforscher in Australien / [autor tekstu Thomas A. Darragh ; opracowanie katalogu Ewa Wosz, Anita Hermannstädter]
    Darragh, Thomas A
    [ Book : 2013 ]
    Languages: Polish;German, [1 other]
    At 3 libraries
    Naturalista, czyli, Wilhelm von Blandowski w Australii = Wilhelm von Blandowski : Ein Naturforscher in Australien / [autor tekstu Thomas A. Darragh ; opracowanie katalogu Ewa Wosz, Anita Hermannstädter]
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  7. Introduction : looking again at William Blandowski / Harry Allen
    Allen, Harry, 1944-
    [ Book : 2012 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  8. Visual and Verbal Taxonomy
    Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies
    [ Video, Sound : 2011 ]
    At AIATSIS Collections
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  9. Blandowski's specimens / a film by Malcolm McKinnon
    McKinnon, Malcolm
    [ Video : 2007 ]
    At 4 libraries
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  10. Item 07: Account of the expedition led by Blandowski to the lower Murray and Darling Rivers, 1857
    [ Unpublished : 1857-1880 ]
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  1. MR. BLANDOWSKI'S LECTURE. To the Editor of the Argus.
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  2. PHILOSOPHICAL INSTITUTE AND MR. BLANDOWSKI. TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Monday 29 March 1858 p 5 Article
    ... PHILOSOPHICAL INSTITUTE AND MR. BLANDOWSKI.   -1 TO THE EDITOR OF THE ARGUS.   Sir ... in the matter of Mr. Blandowski's insults to the Philoso-phical Institute and the persons of some of ... 729 words
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  3. The Argus. PUBLISHED DAILY. | SATURDAY, MARCH 27, 1858.
    The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957) Saturday 27 March 1858 p 4 Article
    ... Mr. BLANDOWSKI, we feel that that gentleman has some occasion to say," Put not your trust in ... pay the marked compliment of a public dinner to Mr. BLANDOWSKI That compliment, we believe, has only ... 2785 words
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    Aborigines of Australia, corrobori [i.e. corroborree] or native festival / engraved by J. Redaway & Sons; W.v. Blandowski, Australia
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    Diogenes Monument "Anneyelong" looking Sth towards Mt Macedon / W. V. Blandowski ; effect & engraving by J. Redaway & Sons
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    Aborigines of Australia, corrobori [i.e. corroboree] or native festival / engraved by J. Redaway & Sons; W.v. Blandowski, Australia
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  1. Album of Photographs by William Blandowski, 1862, (Series 1-142), (from Photographs of William Blandowski )
    [ Unpublished : 1862 ]
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    Album of Photographs by William Blandowski, 1862,  (Series 1-142),  (from Photographs of William Blandowski )
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  2. Photograph of Gleiwitz, by Blandowski, 1862, (File 142), (from Photographs of William Blandowski )
    [ Unpublished : 1862 ]
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  3. [untitled], (File 130), (from Photographs of William Blandowski )
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  1. Introduction : Looking again at William Blandowski
    Allen, Harry
    [ Article : 2009 ]
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  2. Australia: William Blandowski’s illustrated encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia by Harry Allen
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    [ Article : 2011 ]
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  3. William Blandowski's Fish - Pathways - Treasures - Museums Victoria, 2004
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    [ Article : 2004 ]
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  4. Australia: William Blandowski's illustrated Encyclopaedia of aboriginal Australia
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  2. Art of inland Australia
    Art of inland Australia
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  1. The curious minds who made our science Australian
    Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Radio National
    [ Sound : 2012 ]
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  1. William Blandowski, First Government Zoologist of Victoria
    Paszkowski, Lech
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  2. Blandowski
    Iredale, Tom, 1880-1972
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  3. Australia : William Blandowski's illustrated encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia
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  4. Australia : William Blandowski's illustrated encyclopaedia of Aboriginal Australia
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