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Allan Riverstone McCulloch

Allan McCulloch using a cine camera on Lord Howe Island, 1921.

Australian Museum
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McCulloch began his career with the Australian Museum as an unpaid volunteer at the age of 13.  In 1906 he was employed as the vertebrate zoologist and worked at the museum until his untimely death in 1925.

He produced over 100 publications, including the reports of fishes collected by the F.I.S. Endeavour off New South Wales, and his checklist of Fishes and Fish-like animals of New South Wales.

He was an excellent artist and used his own illustrations in his papers. He was also an excellent speaker, photographer, musician, hard-hat diver and wireless radio operator.

McCulloch participated in many fieldtrips around Sydney and also to Queensland, Lord Howe Island and Papua New Guinea.

The famous American ichthyologist David Starr Jordan considered him, "unquestionably the greatest authority on fish in the southern hemisphere."

At the end of his employment, the ichthyology collection contained 40,000 specimens.

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