John Gould

John Gould (1804–1881)
John Gould was born in England and visited Hobart in 1838 with his family. He was very interested in the study of birds and published a book called Birds of Australia. He published 13 other books about Australian birds and other animals after he returned to England in 1840. His wife, Elizabeth, was a very good artist and drew very beautiful and careful pictures of the Australian birds in the books for him.
The Gould League, a society for people who are interested in birds, was named after him. It raises funds and publish books and pictures about birds. They try to protect all the types of native birds in Australia. John Gould's work is also honoured by his picture on a stamp.

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