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06 July 2008

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Hello, I'm a student at a Gavilan College in Morgan Hill, womens history.

I have acquired a beaver hat with tied Ostrich feather extensions and on the side is perched an authentic Goldie Bird of Paradise. The hat is dated 1910.

Could you tell me a little bit about Goldie and how this bird had come to be such an ornament during the times of millinery? Did Goldie have any statistical record of the population of this remarkable bird during the time of discovery. Did he trade this bird out to hat millineries? Are there any documents to show this and could you share a copy with me?

This would be greatly appreciated... Thank you.

Do you know if Goldie visited Nigeria in or just before 1874? A certain A Goldie collected the type of a bird (Lobornis Alexandri, now Parmoptila woodhousei alexandri) at Calabar, a trading and mission post on the coast.

Hello - I am seeking informartion about my grandfather James Henry Shaw and the exploration of New Guinea.

I have found it reported that: "Goldie published reports of his travels and arranged with Edward Ramsay of the Australian Museum to take two collectors, Alexander Morton and William Blunden, on his next trip. Accompanied by James H Shaw, surveyor, the party reached Port Moresby in Goldie's cutter 'Explorer' on 17 July 1877."

I have an early newspaper article of one of my grandfather’s tips to New Guinea and I understand there is a Shaw River and wonder was it named for him.

I hope I can be directed to more information about the exploration of New Guinea and my grandfather.

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