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1917-July 1919
  1. Letter from S.M. Solomon, Woollara, Morawa requesting information on provided snake specimen. 18 January 1917. 1 p.
  2. Letter from Crawford Young, Cottesloe Beach requesting identification of provided beetle specimen. 1 January 1917. 1 p.
  3. Letter G. Gigney, Baandee, requesting information on preserving and stuffing skins. 1 January 1917. 1 p.
  4. Reply to G.Gigney saying sending pamphlets on preserving and stuffing skins. 30 January 1917. 1 p.
  5. From [?] Bolton, Secretary, Fisheries Dept. stating writer is forwarding a specimen of fish caught in the Murray River for identification. Pencilled annotation: Chaetodermis penicilligerus (Cuvier) see Balistes penicilligerus Cuv. Reg Au. [?] 1902 – 6289. 30 January 1917. 1 p.
  6. Letter from P.T. Sandland, Moora describing specimen of possible Australian Dottrell being sent separately for identification. Pencilled annotation: Peltohyas australis Austr. dotterel. 27 February [1917]. 1 p.
  7. Letter from E. M. Wood, Ashburton Downs Station, via Onslow requesting supply of birds' eyes for fixing skins. 21 February 1917. 1  p.
  8. Reply suggesting supplier of birds' eyes for fixing skins. 7 March 1917. 1 p.
  9. Letter regarding donation to the Museum of a lung fish skeleton. 27 March 1917. 1 p.
  10. Letter from George H. Roe, Augusta explaining loss of promised lung fish skeleton in a storm on Hamelin Beach and includes sketch of teeth. 15 April 1917. 2 p.
  11. Reply from W.B. Alexander suggesting large fish found on Hamelin Beach may be a small species of the whale family and offers to confirm this if remaining vertebrae is forwarded. Lung fish are identified as being freshwater fish. 24 April 1917. 1 p.
  12. Letter from G. H. Walker, Nestleton, Barabup seeking advice about reasonably priced publications to further knowledge of local moths and botany. Describes examples. 30 April 1917. 2 p.
  13. Reply explains absence of texts on W.A. insects and plants. Described moths are identified as members of the family Hepialidae or Swift moths - probably a species of the genus Charagia and the Silver - striped swift moth (Pielus hyalinatus). 17 May 1917. 1 p.
  14. Letter from H. A. Douglas, Gingin Brook reporting local sightings of up to a dozen white-winged black terns feeding on dragonflies; of dragonflies attacking and decimating bee populations; and of doves similar to those in Perth. 17 May 1917. 2 p.
  15. Reply comments on white-winged black terns spreading into coastal districts from Moora to Busselton and their adoption of dragonflies as a staple diet. Interest is expressed in dragonflies eating bees, possibly as a substitute after the extermination of natural food. 21 June 1917. 1 p.
  16. Letter, written by M. W. Elliott on behalf of H. Dale, requesting identification list for specimens sent by train. 16 July 1917. 1 p.
  17. Reply to M. W. Elliott, Bunbury from Chief Librarian acknowledging receipt of specimens. 19 July 1917. 1 p.
  18. Letter from Ern [?] J. Wellstead, Kalgoorlie requesting identification and characteristics of accompanying small bird specimen reported as a nuisance because of repeated long drawn out moaning whistle of about two second duration at night. 23 July 1917. 2 p.
  19. Request from Ern [?] J. Wellstead for reply to earlier letter. 3 August 1917. 1 p.
  20. Reply identifies bird specimen as Narrow-billed Bronze Cuckoo (Chalcoccyx basslis) sighted several times in Goldfields district but not recorded as having the described call. Call of near relative, the Pallid or Unadorned Cuckoo, is described as persistent throughout the night, especially during breeding season. 6 August 1917. 1 p.
  21. Letter from W. G. Woolnough, UWA requesting information on "Stenurus occidentalis" be provided to Mr O. Trickett, Geological Survey of New South Wales for an article on Western Australian caves. 14 August 1917. 1 p.
  22. Letter from Charles J. Rooney, Bunbury requesting identification of photograph of marine specimen cast up on Bunbury Beach. 13 August 1917. 1 p.
  23. Reply states inability to identify photograph. It is unlike those in Museum and is unknown to marine animal authority, Professor Dakin. 13 August 1917. 1 p.
  24. Letter from James S. Dalgairns requesting identification of provided insect found at Bookara, [South Greenough]. 25 September 1917. 1 p.
  25. Reply identifies provided insect specimen as a mole cricket (Gryllotalph coarctata). 28 September 1917. 1 p.
  26. Letter from (Mrs) J. C. Drennan, Berkshire Valley requesting identification of a caterpillar found on a needle-wood sprig and preserved in methylated spirits. 9 October 1917. 1 p.
  27. Reply identifies provided specimen as an ordinary moth caterpillar. 16 October 1917. 1 p.
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