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Siebold, Carl T. Th. E. von, (Carl Th. Ernst), 1804-1885.
Letter from Rudolf von Willemoes-Suhm to C.T. von Siebold, 1875
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1 folder - 0.02
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Rudolf von Willemoes-Suhm (1847-1875) was a German zoologist and expedition naturalist who died on board the H.M.S. Challenger during the voyage from Hawaii to Tahiti after a short illness from erysipelas. He is remembered by several new species which were named by him (Willemoesia leptodactyla, Polycheles crucifera) and Suhm Island in Royal Sound which was first chartered on the voyage and named in his honour.
This brief from Rudolf von Willemoes-Suhm on board the HMS Challenger during its' world voyage, 1872-76 was written from Yokahama in May 1875 prior to his death. It is number IV of a series of six briefs that he sent to his friend and former teacher Theodore von Siebold. It describes the expedition's discoveries along the coastline of far-north Queensland and the Torres Strait detailing the ornithology, animal life and native vegetation of the region. Specific attention is given to the islands off the coast of Cape York (Booby, Raine, Albany) and Aru Island with insight into the lives of the indigenous people who assisted the expedition. The brief is accompanied by an English typescript translation since the original is written in a German script possibly `Kurrent'.
Acquired from Hordern House, 2006
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Willemoes-Suhm, Rudolf von, 1847-1875.
Birds -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.
Birds -- Queensland, Northern.
Challenger Expedition, (1872-1876)
Naturalists -- Germany -- 19th century
Plants -- Queensland -- Torres Strait Islands.
Plants -- Queensland, Northern.
Torres Strait Islanders.
Cape York (Qld.)
Torres Strait (Qld.)
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