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Thomas (Tom) Alwynne Darragh, Palaeontologist & Museum Curator (1940-)

Tom Darragh, 1956

Image: Tom Darragh, 1956

Source: Museum Victoria

Dr Thomas A. Darragh is a graduate of the University of Melbourne in invertebrate palaeontology. In 1965 he began work at the Museum of Victoria, in administration and as a curator. He held the position of Head of Geology until 1996 and was responsible for curating the Tertiary invertebrate collections. His research interests are in the field of Tertiary marine molluscs - he has published many papers on this subject. Darragh retired in 2001, although he has continued his association with the Museum.

He has a long standing interest in the history of the natural sciences, particularly geology, in Victoria and in the arts of engraving and lithography in 19th century Victoria, particularly focussing on the personalities involved and the production of geological maps. He is the author of several papers and a book on these topics. He has also undertaken research on 19th century German scientists and intellectuals in Victoria.

In 1957 Darragh was awarded a Royal Life Saving Bronze medal, now held in Museum Victoria's collection [NU 34529].

References
Tom Darragh, pers.comm., 2003

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