Nearly twenty years have elapsed since my folio work on...

Nearly twenty years have elapsed since my folio work on the Birds of Australia was completed. During that period many new species have been discovered …

John Gould (1804-1881)

On this day September 14, 1804 John Gould ornithologist and zoologist was born at Lyme Regis, Dorset, England.

The birds of Australia: in seven volumes is one of the first surveys of Australian birds. This work includes superb colour plates of birds many of which were previously unknown.

250 sets of the seven volume work were printed one of which is held at the State Library of New South Wales