Sir Walter Lawry Buller

(1838—1906) ornithologist

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(1838–1906), was born in the Bay of Islands as the son of the missionary James Buller (1812–84; author of Forty Years in New Zealand, 1878, and New Zealand: Past and Present, 1880). Bilingual from childhood, he worked as a court interpreter in Wellington and later edited the didactic newspaper Te Karere o Poneke. He was also editor of the Maori Messenger and its successor Te Manuhiri Tuarangi: The Maori Intelligencer. However, he is best known for his ornithological masterpieces: A History of the Birds of New Zealand (1873) and A Manual of the Birds of New Zealand (1882), both beautifully illustrated with hand-coloured lithographs by J.G. Keuleman. These classificatory works are still of value to naturalists.

From The Oxford Companion to New Zealand Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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