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Charles Gould (4 June 1834 – 15 April 1893) was the first Geological Surveyor of Tasmania 1859-69.



He was born in England [1] He conducted three expeditions into Western Tasmania in the 1860s.

He named many of the mountains on the West Coast Range.[2]

He also worked as a consultant geologist and land surveyor in Tasmania, the Bass Strait Islands and in New South Wales. He left Australia in late 1873 and died 20 years later, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

His father was the ornithologist John Gould.


Gould was the author of the book Mythical Monsters (1886), considered an early work on cryptozoology.[3][4]


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Gould, Charles - Bright Sparcs Biographical entry
  2. ^ footnote 21 on page 172 of Binks, C.J. (1980). Explorers of Western Tasmania. Launceston: Mary Fisher Bookshop. ISBN 0-908291-16-7.
  3. ^ South, Malcolm. (1987). Mythical and Fabulous Creatures: A Source Book and Research Guide. Greenwood Press. p. 30
  4. ^ Nigg, Joe. (1999). The Book of Fabulous Beasts: A Treasury of Writings from Ancient Times to the Present. Oxford University Press. p. 339

Further readingEdit

  • Blainey, Geoffrey (2000). The Peaks of Lyell (6th ed.). Hobart: St. David's Park Publishing. ISBN 0-7246-2265-9.
  • Stoddart, D.Michael, ed. (1993). Walk to the West. Hobart: The Royal Society of Tasmania. ISBN 0-9598679-9-6.

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