John Henry CALABY(1922-1998)

Naturalist and Ornithologist
Ballarat School of Mines

John Calaby was born at Creswick. He obtained a Diploma in Applied Chemistry at the Ballarat School of Mines (SMB) in 1942. Calaby worked for the CSIRO Wildlife Survey Section. From 1972 to 1973 he played a significant part in the Alligator Rivers Region environmental Study.

Described in a CSIRO media Release in 1998 as one of Australia's greatest biologists, John Calaby's long and illustrious career in wildlife biology resulted in a number of animals named after him, including a pebble mouse, several parasitic mites, a fleas and a masked owl.

Caption: Ballarat School of Mines Magazine Committee, 1941
Back Row L-R: R. Spence, I. Grant, I Boustead, K. Palmer, E. Marshman.
Centre Row L-R: A. Stevens, M. Dark, J. Elliott, J. Martin, G. Myers, M. Pierce, J. Gibbs, W. Hender.
Front Row L-R: P. Wells, G. Mounter, P. Martin, JOHN CALABY (editor), Dr Pound, Mr Mein, Mr Proctor, L. Siemering.

This biography is currently being prepared by Clare Gervasoni, June 2008. If you are able to contribute please email