Leadbeater's Possum - Request from Australian Museum

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In 1969 Frank Talbot, Director of the Australian Museum in Sydney requested some Leadbeater's possums for their collection. A.N Cavanagh tells Talbot that he expected to be able to provide the specimens in the near future.

Record Citation: PROV VPRS 11559/P1/311
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Date: 2/10/1969
Record Type: Letter
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Language: en
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Aus museum request 1.JPG Written text needs transcribing. THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

6-8 College Street, Sydney


Telegraphic Address: MUSEUM

TELEPHONE: 26 6954


Ref. FHT:LW

All official communications to be addressed to the director


2nd October, 1969.


FISHERIES & WILDLIFE

OCT1 01969

VICTORIA


Mr. Dunbavin Butcher,

Director,

Fisheries and Wildlife Department,

Flinder's Street Extension,

MELBOURNE, Vic. 3000.


Dear Mr. Butcher,


We have been extremely interested to find, through your staff's work, that Leadbeater's possum has now been found in reasonable numbers in the Marysville district of Victoria.


The Australian Museum has now all genera of marsupials except three, and on of these is Gymnobelideus.


It would be most valuable to have as complete a set of genera for taxonomic work as is possible within the institution, and I wonder if I could ask you for one male and one female Gymnobelideus leadbeateri for the mammal collections in the Australian Museum.


The other marsupial genera which we lack at the moment are the desert rat-kangaroo, Caloprymnus, and the scaly tailed possum, Wyulda.


Your help in this would be most appreciated.

Yours sincerely,


Frank Talbot


F. H. Talbot,

DIRECTOR


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3000


RMW:MQ Telegraphic Address: "FISHWILD"


12th February , 1970.


Dear Dr. Talbot,


My apologies for this late reply to your letter of 2nd October last, requesting a pair of Gymnobelideus for the mammal collections at the Australian Museum.


Due to a policy of complete protection since the rediscovery of this possum in 1961, neither the National Museum of Victoria nor the research collection in this Department holds a worthwhile series. However now that preliminary serveys of distribution and local abunddance indicate that the species is doing well the National Museum has recently been authorized to collect a small series and our own Wildlife Research Section is soon to begin limited sampling the population for data on breeding biiology, diet, etc.


It is anticipated that at the termination of this project some specimen material will be available to other institutions on an exchage basis.


Yours sincerely,


A. N. CAVANAGH,

Secretary


Dr. F. H. Talbot,

Director,

Australian Museum,

6-8 College Street,

SYDNEY. N.S.W. 2000.


B[I?]F 28/9/70


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THE AUSTRALIAN MUSEUM

6-8 College Street, Sydney

P.O. Box A285, Sydney South


Telegraphic Address: MUSEUM

TELEPHONE: 26 6954


FISHWERIES & WILDLIFE

MAR1 81970

VICTORIA


Ref. FHT:LW

All official communications to

be addressed to the Director

23rd February, 1970.


Mr. A. N. Cavanagh,

Secretary,

Fisheries and Wildlife Department,

605 Flinders Street,

MELBOURNE, Vic. 3000.


Dear Mr. Cavanagh,


I am very pleased to receive the information that we may get a pair of Gymnobelideus for the mammal collections of the Australian Museum. I will wait to hear from you further in this matter.


It is very satisfying news that the species is doing well and also, of corse, that you are about to undertake a survey to do some work on it.


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Yours sincerely,



F. H. Talbot,

Director

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