Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John) (1881-1937)

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Tillyard, R. J. (1881-1937)
Tillyard, Robert (1881-1937)
Tillyard, Robin John, (FRS) (1881-1937)
Tillyard, Robin John (1881-1937)
Field of activity
Naturalist; Entomologist; Teacher
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Biographies

Robin John Tillyard (1881-1937), naturalist and entomologist, was born on 31 January 1881 at Norwich, Norfolk, England, and named Robert, son of John Joseph Tillyard, solicitor, and his wife Mary Ann Frances,...

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Robin Tillyard was internationally renowned as a systematic entomologist when he became the Chief of the CSIRO Division of Economic Entomology in 1928. He was an expert in dragonflies (Odonata) and Lacewings (Neuroptera), insect palaeontology, and the wing venation and phylogeny of insects. His landmark work was published in 1917. In New Zealand he established a reputation in the field of biological control of plant and insect pests. His book (1926) remained the principal work in the field for nearly 50 years. As Chief of Division he ensured that insect taxonomy was integral to the Division's programs and was responsible for establishing what became the National Insect Collection. Tillyard was an influential worker on the fossils of the Elmo Permian deposits, believing that they held the key to the true classification of insects. In later years he worked with Edgeworth David on supposed pre-Cambrian fossils in South Australia.

  • Education - BA, University of Cambridge
  • Life event - Migrated to Australia
  • Career position - Mathematics and science teacher, Sydney Grammar School
  • Education - MA, University of Cambridge
  • Education - BSc, University of Sydney
  • Career position - Linnean Macleay Fellow in Zoology, The University of Sydney
  • Award - Crisp Prize and Medal, Linnean Society, London
  • Career position - Lecturer in Zoology, The University of Sydney
  • Career position - Chief of Department of Biology, Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand
  • Award - Trueman Wood Medal, Royal Society of Arts and Science, London
  • Career position - Honorary Fellow, Queen’s College, University of Cambridge
  • Career position - Chief of Division, CSIRO Division of Economic Entomology
  • Award - R. M. Johnston Memorial Medal, Royal Society of Tasmania
  • Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
  • Life event - Retired
  • Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Tillyard, Robin John
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Environment, Economy and Australian Biology 1890-1939
    Schedvin, C. B.
    Published: 1984
    Series: Historical Studies, 21, 11-28
  3. Tillyard, Robin John (1881-1937), Naturalist and Entomologist
    Waterhouse, D. F.; Norris, K. R.
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1990
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 12, 232-233
  4. Robin John Tillyard, 1881-1937
    Evans, J. W.
    Published: 1946
    Series: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 71, 252-256
  5. The Life and Work of Robin John Tillyard, 1881-1937
    Evans, J. W.
    Published: University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1963
  6. Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930
    Musgrave, A.
    Published: Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932
  7. A century on from "The biology of dragonflies" by Tillyard 1917: what have we learned since then?
    Khelifa, Rassim, Theischinger, Gunther and Endersby, Ian
    Published: 2017
    Series: Austral Entomology, 56, 138-47
  8. Robin John Tillyard - the man behind the book
    Crosby, T. K.
    Published: 1977
    Series: New Zealand Entomologist, 6, 3, 305-8
  9. Robin John Tillyard, 1881 - 1937
    Imms, A. D.
    Published: 1938
    Series: Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, 2, 6, 339-45
  10. Etymology of the Dragonflies (Insecta: Odonata) named by R.J. Tillyard, F.R.S.
    Endersby, Ian D.
    Published: 2012
    Series: Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 134, 1-16
  11. Ian Murray Mackerras 1898-1980
    Norris, K. R.
    Published: 1981
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 5, 2, 98-114

Resources by R. J. Tillyard (33)

  1. Letters
    Craske, Patricia
    [ Unpublished : 1904-1909 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Correspondence of R. J. Tillyard with T. H. Pincombe and Reverend A. J. Barrett on fossil insects from Belmont, Warner's Bay and Brookvale, N.S.W., 1921-1937
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), 1881-1937
    [ Photograph : 1921-1937 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  3. Natural History Museum: Collections of the Palaeontology Library (as filmed by the AJCP) [M2767]
    British Museum (Natural History). Department of Palaeontology. Library
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1830-1965 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Natural History Museum: Collections of the Palaeontology Library (as filmed by the AJCP) [M2767]
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  4. Bibliography of R.J. Tillyard / by Mary Alice Evans
    Evans, Mary Alice
    [ Book : 1940 ]
    At Black Mountain
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  5. On a collection of Papuan dragonflies (Odonata) made by the late Mr. Allan R. McCulloch in 1922-3 : with descriptons of new species / by R.J. Tillyard
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), 1881-1937
    [ Book : 1926 ]
    At Deakin Uni Library
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  6. The biological control of noxious weeds / by R. J. Tillyard
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), 1881-1937
    [ Book : 1930 ]
    At Black Mountain
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  7. The Hawthorn hedge menace / by R. J. Tillyard
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), 1881-1937
    [ Book : 1921 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  8. A reclassification of the order Odonata / by F.C. Fraser
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), 1881-1937
    [ Book : 1957 ]
    At 6 libraries
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  9. A new species of spoon-winged lacewing (family Nemopteridae, order Neuroptera planipennia) from Western Australia / by R. J. Tillyard
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), 1881-1937
    [ Book : 1925 ]
    At Deakin Uni Library
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  10. [Papers on the Odonata of Australia] / R.J. Tillyard
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), 1881-1937
    [ Book : 1905-1928 ]
    At Black Mountain
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  1. Letters
    Craske, Patricia
    [ Unpublished : 1904-1909 ]
    At National Library
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  2. Volume 83 Item 2: Angus & Robertson correspondence files from Marjorie Thurlow to Robin John Tillyard, 1901-1931
    [ Unpublished : 1901-1931 ]
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    At State Library of NSW
    Volume 83 Item 2: Angus & Robertson correspondence files from Marjorie Thurlow to Robin John Tillyard, 1901-1931
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  3. A List of the publications of R.J. Tillyard, Chief of the Division, 1928-1934 / edited by E. Highley
    Highley, E
    [ Article, Government publication : 1984 ]
    At 2 libraries
    A List of the publications of R.J. Tillyard, Chief of the Division, 1928-1934 / edited by E. Highley
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  4. Natural History Museum: Collections of the Palaeontology Library (as filmed by the AJCP) [M2767]
    British Museum (Natural History). Department of Palaeontology. Library
    [ Unpublished, Microform : 1830-1965 ]
    At 4 libraries
    Natural History Museum: Collections of the Palaeontology Library (as filmed by the AJCP) [M2767]
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  5. The life and work of Robin John Tillyard 1881-1937 / by J.W. Evans
    Evans, J. W. (John William), 1906-1990
    [ Book : 1963 ]
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  6. B. Dunstan - Papers [M2493], 1913-1923
    Dunstan, B
    [ Unpublished ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  7. File of correspondence of Arthur W. Jose and Herbert J. Carter, as editors of the 1926 edition of the Australian Encyclopaedia, 1917-1925
    Jose, Arthur W. (Arthur Wilberforce), 1863-1934
    [ Unpublished : 1917-1925 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  8. British Museum (Natural History) - Palaeontology Library - Miscellaneous collections, 1830-1965
    British Museum (Natural History). Dept. of Palaeontology Library
    [ Unpublished : 1990 ]
    At State Library of NSW
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  9. Teaching staff and prefects
    [ Photograph : 1918 ]
    View online
    At State Library of NSW
    Teaching staff and prefects
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    ... Evans, J W (1906-1990) ... Cactoblastus moths began; Cawthron Institute, Nelson, New Zealand 1927 (under Directorship of R. J. Tillyard ... John Evans joined the Division of Economic Entomology, CSIR in 1928 as a junior entomologist. After ...
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  1. DR. R. J. TILLYARD LOSS TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CANBERRA. Friday
    The Longreach Leader (Qld. : 1923 - 1954) Saturday 3 February 1934 p 13 Article
    ... DR. R. J. TILLYARD IXXSS TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH CANBERRA. Friday Dr. R. J. Tillyard, chief of the ... -ment for superannuation. Dr. Tillyard visited America on a scientific mission last year and contracted a ... 93 words
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  2. DR. R. J. TILLYARD Serious Illness in America
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 6 July 1933 p 2 Article
    ... DR. R. j; TILLYARÖ Serious Illness in America The Pilme Minister's Department has been officially ... iufdriried of the serions illne=s of Dr It J Tillyard, F K S , in iMilw aukee, ,USA, Dr Tillya-d left ... 158 words
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  3. DR. R. J. TILLYARD Left America for Home
    The Canberra Times (ACT : 1926 - 1995) Thursday 27 July 1933 p 4 Article
    ... DR. R. J. TILLYARD Left America for Home   Considerable improvement is report-ed in the health ... of Dr. R. J. Tillyard, director of the entomology section of the Commonwealth Council for Scienti ... 114 words
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  1. The "Margery" mediumship : record of the supernormal production of thumb-prints, at two seances : the first in the sole prescence of Robin J. Tillyard, and the second in the sole prescence of William H. Button, President of the American Society for P ...
    Tillyard, R.J. (Robin John), b.1881
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  2. The biology of dragonflies (Odonata or Paraneuroptera) by R.J. Tillyard ..
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), b. 1881
    [ Book : 1917 ]
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  3. The insects of Australia and New Zealand / by R. J. Tillyard ; with eight plates in colour by P. Tillyard
    Tillyard, R. J
    [ Book : 1926 ]
    At 32 libraries
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  4. Mesozoic insects of Queensland / by R. J. Tillyard and B. Dunstan
    Tillyard, R. J. (Robin John), b. 1881
    [ Book : 1923 ]
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  1. Etymology of the dragonflies (insecta: Odonata) named by R.J. Tillyard, F.R.S
    Endersby, Ian D
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
    [ Article : 2012 ]
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    At UniSyd Open Journals
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  2. PERSONAL ITEMS (20 January 1937)
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    PERSONAL ITEMS (20 January 1937)
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  3. The insects of Macquarie Island / by R. J. Tillyard, with appendices by C. T. Brues
    Tillyard, Robin John, 1881-
    [ Article : 1920 ]
    At Uni of Melb Library
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  4. PERSONAL ITEMS (26 December 1934)
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  1. Index page
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Sunday 31 December 1950 [INDEX Jan 1950-Dec 1950] p 28

    Government Gazette Index And Contents

    ... . Sullivan, J. T., 1939. Summerton, R., 2592. Miscellaneous— Postal Regulations— Statutory Rules 1950— No. 49 ... , R., 2307. O'Connell, T. M., 2164. Rusin, J., 1913. Australian Capital Territory— City Area Leases ... 135825 words
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  2. Government Gazette Notices
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Tuesday 4 January 1938 [Issue No.1] p 1

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    ... LIST OF PERMANENT OFFICERS OF THE COMMONWEALTH SERVICE ON 30th JUNE, 1937. Printed and Published ... Service as on 30th June, 1937, prepared pursuant to Section 21 (2) of the Commonwealth Public Seroice Act ... 608853 words
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  1. Series 01: Angus & Robertson publishing files and associated papers, 1858-1933
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  2. Sub-series 1: Angus & Robertson book reviews in bound volumes, 1894-1970
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