Leadbeater's Possum - Gardner Soule letters 1963

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Following the rediscovery of Leadbeater's Possum, there was a lot of international interest in the possum. US author Gardner Soule approached Fisheries and Wildlife for information about the possum he planned to use in a book on rare animals he was writing.

Record Citation: PROV VPRS 11559/P1/311
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Agency: VA 551
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Date: 25/5/1963
Record Type: Correspondence
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Language: en
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Gardner Soule 1.jpg FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

30 MAY 1963

VICTORIA


Apartment 53,

517 West 113th Street,

New York 25, New York.

U.S.A.

May 25, 1963.


Gentlemen,


I seek your help. As a writer, I am preparing for G.P. Putnam's Sons, a publisher, a book on rare or little-known animals. The New York Times in 1961 reported the capture of a Leadbeater's possum in Victoria, 70 miles from Melbourne. I thought perhaps you could send me more information about the incident, possibly including clippings telling of the capture, information on whether the animal is still alive, and, if so, hoow it has been kept so, and where it is.


Anything on the search for the possum, that i understand took naturalists 30 years, would also be useful. I have the Latin name as Gymnobelideus leadbeater.

My best regards,

Cordially,

[signature?]

Fisheries and Wildlife Dept.,

605 Flinders Street,

Melbourne, Victoria,

AUSTRALIA.

AIR MAIL.


Warneke [?] 30/5/63


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Gardner Soule 2.jpg Hand written text requires transcribing. FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

13 JUN 1963

VICTORIA


Apartment 53,

517 West 113th Street,

New York 25, New York.

June 8, 1963


My dear Mr. Butcher,

As you well may know, I wrote your department on May 25 requesting some information on the capture of Leadbeater's possum, whether the animals in captivity were still alive, etc. This for a book I am preparing.


I have now been given your name as that of the proper source from which to obtain photographs of the animal. I would much appreciate any photographs you could send as well, of corse, as the information.

My kindest regards, and thanks to you,

Cordially,

[signature ?]


A.D.Butcher, Esq.,

Director,

Victorian Fisheries and Wildlife Department,

605 Flinders Street,

Melbourne, C.1,

Victoria,

Australia.

AIR MAIL.



[?]


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Gardner Soule 3.jpg AIR MAIL


ANC/SW 3rd July, 1963.


Dear Mr. Soule,

In reply to your letters of May 25 and June 8, requesting information on the re-discovery and photographs of Leadbeater's Possum.


As you can readily appreciate, this Department receives many requests for specimens, data and photographs, from research workers and institutions both locally and overseas. To cope with these requests assistance is limited to institutions and accredited individuals. Before giving your request full consideration we would appreciate some bona fides whhich could be supplied, perhaps, by Putnam's or some persons known to us.


Yours sincerely,


A.N. CAVANAGH

Secretary


Mr. G. Soule,

Apartment 53,

517 West 113th Street,

NEW YORK. 25. NEW YORK.

U.S.A.


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Gardner Soule 4.jpg [?]ERS SINCE 1838

MU 4-7300


G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS

200 MADISON AVENUE NEW YORK 16, N. Y.


FOUNDED 1838

GPPS


FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

19 JUL 1963

VICTORIA


July 12, 1963


A. N. Cavanagh, Esq.

Secretary

Fisheries and Wildlife Department

605 Flinders Street Extension

Melbourne, C. 3, Australia


Dear Mr. Cavanagh:


We would like to confirm that Mr. Gardner Soule of New York is under contract with our company to write and illustrate a book dealing with rare and unusual creatures.


The book will be aimed at younger readers, and although it will be written in an interesting and lively style, both the author and the publisher are determined that it will be one hundred per cent accurate, and most painstakingly researched.


Mr. Soule has written previously for us, and we find he is exceptionally consciencious in tracking down all possible leads on any creature about which he writes.


Very truly yours,

Thos. G. MacPherson

Editor, Juvenile Dept.


TMacP:rl

Warneke [?] 19/7/63


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Gardner Soule 5.jpg Hand written text needs transcribing. FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

22 JUL 1963

VICTORIA


Apartment 53,

517 West 113th Street,

New York 25, New York.

July 18, 1963


My dear Mr. Cavanagh,


Thank you for your good letter of July 23. I quite understand why you need a reference. I have asked G.P. Putnam's Sons to write you a letter endorsing my request for information and, in particular, photoes of the Leadbeater's possum. I hope you have it by now; I belive you should have. The information and photos will help me a great deal.


You may be sorry you stopped to ask for such a letter. I have been reading Hans Hass's book "We Come from the Sea" and this leads me to make two more requests: Both for information. Any information on the Irukandji (the mysterious sea animal that causes violent pain; Hass page 123), or on the sea wasps (Hass page 122) would be very much appreciated. Note: A reference to a book is often enough. I can get any Australian publication, I am sure, that is any library in this country, and I am in frequent touch with the Australian news bureau here.


My best regards to you all.


Cordially,

[signature?]


A.N. Cavanagh, Esq.,

Secretary,

Fisheries and Wildlife Department,

605 Flinders Street Extension,

Melbourne, C. 3,

AUSTRALIA.


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Gardner Soule 6.jpg Apartment 53,

517 West 113th Street,

New York 25, New York.

September 16, 1963.


My dear Mr. Cavanagh,


Many, many thanks for the note to the effect there might be something on the sea wasp in the Australian Museum Magazine. I will check that source. And for letting me know you have no information on the Irukandji.


You didn't mention it, but i assume you received the letter from Putnam's and are sending the photos of the leadbeater's possum. This animal was mentioned in a recent National Geographic Magazine here, with a color photograph. They did a good job, I thought. If there is any delay on the Leadbeater's possum photos, please let me know.


And again, my thanks for your time and trouble,

Cordially,

[signature?]


A.N. Cavanagh, Esq.,

Secretary,

Fisheries and Wildlife Department,

605 Flinders Street Extension,

Melbourne, C.3.,

AUSTRALIA.

AIR MAIL


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Gardner Soule 7.jpg 22nd October, 1963

RMW

Mr. G. Soule,

Apartment 53,

517 West 113th Street,

New York 25,

NEW YORK


Dear Mr. Soule,

My apologies for the long delay in replying to your letters of July and September. The photographs that you require will be forthcoming; the delay has been due to my policy of non-disturbance of the captive pair of Gymnobelideus prior to and during the breeding period. As these measures are apparently unsuccessful the animals can now be handled and I will endeavour to obtain suitable photographs as soon as possible.

Trusting the delay has not seriously inconvenienced you.

Yours sincerely,


R. M. Waeneke.



Photograph sent 9.1.1964

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