Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born at Launceston, Tas, on 4 November 1925; died at Launceston, Tas, on 29 August 2013.
Bob's childhood was spent at Antill Ponds in the Tasmanian midlands, ca.95km north of Hobart, on his father's (Geoffrey Arthur Hewett Green's) pastoral property "Middle Park'.
Bob was educated at the Launceston Church of England Grammar School between 1936 and 1940.
At the age of 15 he returned home from boarding school to work on the family farm. As the war was threatening Australia's security, many primary products were rationed and there was an ever-increasing need for food to supply England and the Services. Bob continued to work on the family farm until he sold it in 1960, 18 months after his father's death.
The following year Bob was offered and accepted the position as Zoological Curator at the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG), Launceston, a position which he held until his retirement.
In recognition of his 30 years' service and achievements as a professional zoologist, Bob was given an Honorary DSc by the University of Tasmania in 1987 and appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in 1990.
While his life's work has concentrated on zoology, especially birds, he is listed in Willis et al 'Australian Plant Collectors and Illustrators' (1986) and filled in the questionaire as a plant collector.
Source: Extracted from book: 'Passions in Ornithology: A century of Australian Egg Collectors' (2020), Mason & Pfitzner, Canberra. [consult for source references]
Portrait Photo: 1999, I.J.Mason, extracted from: above.