Image: Insight into Gilbert Whitley
Excerpt of letter from Gilbert Whitley to his 'Dear People' - his colleagues at the Australian Museum
- © Australian Museum
Gilbert Whitley had an irreverant sense of humour, as is clearly shown in this excerpt from a letter that he wrote in 1935 when he was attending a Congress in Melbourne, run by the Association for the Advancement of Science. He loved his work as Ichthyologist at the Australian Museum and maintained his enthusiasm and commitment from the day he started in 1922 as ‘a pink-cheeked English lad of 18 years’, until his death in 1975, 11 years after his retirement.
After his death Doug Hoese wrote of him ‘His gentle charm and knowledge of fishes makes his death a great loss to his friends and to science.’.
Letter ref: AMS598/12