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To celebrate Vikings Live, we have replaced our Roman alphabet with the runic alphabet used by the Vikings, the Scandinavian ‘Younger Futhark’. The ‘Younger Futhark’ has only 16 letters, so we have used some of the runic letters more than once or combined two runes for one Roman letter.

For an excellent introduction to runes, we recommend Martin Findell’s book published by British Museum Press.

More information about how we have ‘runified’ this site


John P Rogers (Biographical details)

John P Rogers (Australian; Male; 1873 - 1941)

Also known as

Rogers, John Porter


Born Tallarook, Victoria, Australia, of Irish parentage. Prospected gold in Western Australia in 1890s. Worked on stations in Fitzroy River district. Began bird catching in 1905. Visited England in 1908 and continued bird catching in Wyndham District 1908-9. Collected for G H Mathews on Melville Island from August 1911 until September 1912.

Worked for various Australian ornithologists, including Gregory Mathews (q.v.). Also collected Aboriginal artefacts from northern Australia for Mathews.

His obituary in The Austral Avian Record describes him as the 'the finest collector of birds that Australia has produced to date...his powers of observation were of the keenest and his dogged determination enabled him to overcome obstacles that would have stayed a less able man. For example, when he left Melville Island he rowed down the coast in a whale boat to Wyndham, in North-west Australia.'


Austral Avian Record. vol. v, no.5, June 1 1927. pp.103-4.
Obituary. Emu. Vol LXII 1943, p.189.