William Louis Abbott Australian Expedition (1919-1922)

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William Louis Abbott sent Charles M. Hoy to Australia in order to collect vertebrate specimens. Unlike most expeditions, the purpose of this expedition was not simply to visit unexplored regions. The expedition focused on collecting vertebrates that were in danger of extinction due to the increasing settlement of Australia. Specimens added to the United States National Museum (USNM) collection totaled 1,179 mammals and 928 birds. The expedition traveled to Sydney, New South Wales, Kangaroo Island, Western Australia, Northern Territory, Tasmania, and Northern Queensland.

Date Range

1919 - 1922


  • Animals
  • Zoology
  • Birds
  • Mammalogy
  • Ornithology


  • Tasmania
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Australia
  • Queensland


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