John P Rogers (Biographical details)

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

Also known as

Rogers, John Porter

Biography

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.'

Bibliography

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