Australian Natural History Medallion

The Australian Natural History Medallion is awarded each year by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV) to the person judged to have made the most meritorious contribution to the understanding of Australian Natural History. The idea originated with J. K. Moir, a book collector and member of the Bread and Cheese Club.[1] Moir wrote to the FNCV in 1939 suggesting that such a medallion should be awarded to a person who had performed, in his words, ‘a signal service’ to the protection of flora and fauna—‘a variation of the Nobel awards’. Nominations for the Medallion are made by field naturalist clubs and kindred bodies from all over Australia, each nomination being valid for a three-year period. The Medallion has usually been awarded annually since 1940. In that time, recipients have been honoured for their work in many fields of natural history studies, and have come from every state and territory in Australia.

The list of Medallionists and the year of the award is as follows:


  1. ^ Houghton, S (1987) A history of the Australian Natural History Medallion (FNCV: Blackburn); Presland, G (2016) Understanding our natural environment (FNCV: Blackburn)
  2. ^ "2017 Australian Natural History Medallion". UNSW Sydney. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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