Thomson, Donald Finlay Fergusson (1901-)

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Thomson, D. F. (1901-)
Thomson, D. F. (Donald Fergusson) (1901-1970)
Thomson, Donald F. (1901-)
Thomson, Donald F. (1901-1970)
Thomson, Donald F. (Donald Fergusson) (1901-1970)
Thomson, Donald Ferguson (1901-1970)
Thomson, Donald Fergusson
Thomson, Donald Fergusson (1901-)
Thomson, Donald Fergusson (1901-1970)
Thomson, Donald Finlay Fergusson, (OBE) (1901-1970)
Thomson, Donald Finlay Fergusson (1901-1970)
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Anthropologist; Zoologist; Film makers; Academics - Anthropology
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Donald Finlay Fergusson Thomson (1901-1970), anthropologist and zoologist, was born on 26 June 1901 at Brighton, Melbourne, second child of Harry Alexander Fergusson Thomson, a Scottish-born musician,...

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Donald Thomson was Professor of Anthropology, University of Melbourne 1964-1968. He had been associated with the University for many years as a Research Fellow and Associate Professor. He collected and studied widely on the Cape York Peninsula and in Arnhem Land.

  • Career position - Led expedition to Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland
  • Career position - Led expedition to Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland
  • Career position - Led expedition to Cape York Peninsula in North Queensland
  • Career position - Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Led expedition to Arnhem Land
  • Award - David Syme Research Prize received from the University of Melbourne
  • Award - Wellcome Gold Medal (London) received
  • Career position - Wing Commander with the Royal Australian Air Force
  • Career position - Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne
  • Award - Patron's Medal received from the Royal Geographical Society
  • Award - Lewis Gold Medal received from the Royal Geographical Society of Australia, South Australian branch
  • Award - Rivers Memorial Medal RAI received, Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland
  • Career position - Associate Professor at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Led expedition to the Great Sandy and Gibson deserts in central Western Australia
  • Career position - Led expedition to the Great Sandy and Gibson deserts in central Western Australia
  • Career position - Professor of Anthropology at the University of Melbourne
  • Career position - Led expedition to the Great Sandy and Gibson deserts in central Western Australia

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Donald Thomson gained his D.Sc at Melbourne University and Ph.D and is considered one of Australia's leading anthropologists. He led three expeditions to Cape York and Arnhem Land, lived among the tribes of the region, learning languages, for several years. The winner of numerous prizes, notably the Wellcome Gold Medal (London) for research on native administration in Arnhem Land. Thomson was the Research Fellow in Anthropology at Melbourne University from 1923 to 1937 and from 1945. During this period he was awarded a number of Travelling Fellowships and published several books and many articles. Thomson's academic career was interrupted in WWII when he served in the RAAF. He retired in 1968 and died in 1970, his ashes being scattered over Caledon Bay, NT.

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Donald Thomson gained his D.Sc at Melbourne University and Ph.D and is considered one of Australia's leading anthropologists. He led three expeditions to Cape York and Arnhem Land, lived among the tribes of the region, learning languages, for several years. The winner of numerous prizes, notably the Wellcome Gold Medal (London) for research on native administration in Arnhem Land. Thomson was the Research Fellow in Anthropology at Melbourne University from 1923 to 1937 and from 1945. During this period he was awarded a number of Travelling Fellowships and published several books and many articles. Thomson's academic career was interrupted in WWII when he served in the RAAF. He retired in 1968 and died in 1970, his ashes being scattered over Caledon Bay, NT.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Thomson, Donald Finlay Fergusson
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Retirement and recollection: Dr Ray Marginson AM and the Donald Thomson Collection
    Inglis, Alison
    Published: 2013
    Series: University of Melbourne Collections, 13, 35-8
  3. Donald Thomson, the Man and Scholar
    Rigsby, Bruce and Peterson, Nicolas
    Published: Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, Canberra, 2005
  4. Thomson, Donald Finlay Ferguson (1901-1970), Anthropologist and Zoologist
    Morphy, Howard
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 16, 385-387
  5. Obituaries: Donald Fergusson Thomson; Noel Fulford Learmonth;
    Published: 1971
    Series: Emu, 71, 2, 88-89
  6. Tons and Tons of Valuable Material: the Donald Thomson Collection
    Allen, Lindy
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2008
    Series: The Makers and Making of Indigenous Australian Museum Collections, 387-412
  7. The Pioneers of Venom Production for Australian Antivenoms
    Mirtschin, Peter
    Published: 2009
    Series: Toxicon, 48, 7, 899-918
  8. Victor Martin Trikojus, 1902-1985
    Legge, J. W. and Gibson, F.
    Published: 1987
    Series: Historical Records of Australian Science, 6, 4, 519-531

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Anonymous
2010-05-17 09:47:27.0

Donald Finlay Fergusson Thomson's mother's name was not Isabelle. In fact it was Maybelle!

Anonymous
2010-05-17 10:30:08.0

Donald Finlay Fergusson Thomson's mother Maybelle was a Welsh (not English) soprano opera singer born in Abergavenny, Wales.

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  1. Thomson, Gladys (1900-)
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    ... Thomson, Donald Finlay Fergusson (1901 - 1970) ... Thomson, Gladys (1900-) ... Alfred Ewart's book The Flora of Victoria . Much of her work is housed as part of the Donald Thomson ... Gladys Thomson was a trained scientist with a talent for precise, detailed illustrations. In 1929 ...
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  2. The University of Melbourne (1853-)
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  1. Intermediate University Examination Results Announced G. R. COWLEY WINS TENNYSON MEDAL Leads Candidates In English Literature
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Thursday 24 January 1935 p 6 Article
    ... (Mi.CJ: Tur ner. Joan Mary (N.H.S.): Warren. Donald Hampton (N.H.S.) (equal). 31, Ashton. Elizabeth ... . Donald John (Jamestown US.}: Sobey, Reginald Roberts (SPB.C.I; Thayne, Doreen Jessie (Renmark E&); Tres ... 21414 words
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  2. Passed In Fewer Than Five Subjects
    The Advertiser (Adelaide, SA : 1931 - 1954) Saturday 25 January 1936 p 15 Article
    ... -son, Maxwell Merton, Eg Gg; Thompson, Mil-dred Pearl, Bk HS; Thomson, Donald Crom-bie, Eg A D; Thomson, Fay ... Douglas, Eg M2 Pc; Asser, Donald Joseph, Eg L C M; Atkin Edith Jean, Eg Gg Bt; Atkins, Colin Haines, Eg ... 8452 words
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  3. THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY.
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  1. PROCEEDINGS UNDER THE COPYRIGHT ACT 1912.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 30 October 1930 [Issue No.95] p 2098

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  2. LIST OF CERTIFICATES OF COMPETENCY ISSUED DURING THE PERIOD 1.7.24 TO 31.12.24.
    Commonwealth of Australia Gazette (National : 1901 - 1973) Thursday 29 January 1925 [Issue No.7] p 81

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    ... Arthur Lausley, Allan Leurhton, James Howard l^loyd, Richard Middleton, James Augustus McLean, Finlay ... Taylor, James Thomson Twist, Herbert Henderson 0021 0022 0037 0015 0025 0010 0032 0012 0019 I 0032 I 0036 ... 2544 words
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    ... 23 Sept., 1914 16 July, 1913 15 Mar., 1915 20 June 1906 4 Oct., 1901 8 Nov., 1902 11 May, 1914 11 May ... April, 1911 4 Oct., 1901 11 May, 1914 16 July. 1913 9 Sept., 1887 16 June, 1908 4 Oct. 1882 23 Nov ... 100397 words
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  1. Donald Thomson in Arnhem Land / by Donald Thomson ; compiled and introduced by Nicolas Peterson
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  3. Aboriginal artefacts in the Donald Thomson collection : a microfiche catalogue / compiled by E.G. Ramsay
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  4. Thomson time : Arnhem Land in the 1930s : a photographic essay / Judith Proctor Wiseman
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  1. Catalogue of the Donald Thomson Botanical Collection held in the National Museum of Victoria, Melbourne
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  4. Recommendations of policy in native affairs in the Northern Territory of Australia / by Donald Thompson [i.e. Thomson], Melbourne, December, 1937
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  3. Yirrititja : the way of the desert people / producer, Ken Widdowson
    Educational Media Australia
    [ Video : 1986-2013 ]
    At 13 libraries
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  4. Ten canoes / Film Finance Corporation Australia presents a Fandango/Vertigo production, in association with South Australian Film Corporation, Adelaide Film Festival and SBS Independent
    Film Finance Corporation Australia
    [ Video, Microform : 2006-2012 ]
    Languages: English;Australian languages;Yolngu Matha (N230);Dutch, [4 others]
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