"On the 29th June 1947 The Orion arrived at Freemantle and we had our first sight of Australia and its birds. Silver Gulls abounded in the harbour..."

So begins the first Australian field diary of Arthur Graham Brown, a man who would later become the president of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union (RAOU) and an Honorary Associate of the National Museum of Victoria.

This is the first of five field diaries produced by A. Graham Brown between 1947 and 1957. This diary covers 28th June 1947 - 17th September 1948. It is rich in descriptive narrative and dotted with photographs and hand-drawn maps. It records the species he encountered on his many field expeditions across Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales. The front cover features a pasted print of the 'Jay' by Gould. The back features the 'Rook' print from the same series and a translation of a poem by Virgil.

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