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MacKenzie, William Colin (1925) Australian fauna and medical science. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. p. 208. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

Professor WM. Colin Mackenzie, M.D., F.R.C.S., F.R.S.-Director National Museum of Australian Zoology. Up till recent times the appeal for the preservation of the unique fauna of our country has been based largely on sentiment. Today, thanks to poison and the gun, we recognise that many of our animals that were common twenty years ago are becoming increasingly rare, and within a short period of time will have completely disappeared, never to be recalled. In this paper I wish to draw attention to what is now the most urgent plea for the preservation of our fauna, viz., its importance for a correct understanding of the human body in health and disease. The animals of Australia and Tasmania are teeming with points of scientific interest. Through them human complexities are revealed in their simpler form. In Canberra, The Research Reservation, is located on Acton Hill, not far from Civic Place, and facing Parliament House and the Capitol site.It is a peninsula of, about 80 acres, bounded by the River Molonglo, and facing Black Mountain. It lies in what is known as the Continental Arboretum. Here will be kept live specimens of Australian and Tasmanian native animals in their natural state. When the buildings are erected Canberra will become the world's centre for the study of our unique fauna and every facility will be offered to workers not only Australian, but also from abroad, wishing to study comparative anatomy and its application to modern medical and surgical practice.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, RST, Van Diemens Land, natural history, science, ecology, taxonomy, botany, zoology, geology, geography, papers & proceedings, Australia, UTAS Library
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: p. 208
ISSN: 0080-4703
Additional Information: Copyright Royal Society of Tasmania
Date Deposited: 02 May 2012 04:36
Last Modified: 18 Nov 2014 04:30
URI: http://eprints.utas.edu.au/id/eprint/13038
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