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A colonial naturalist : Henry Suter's life of discovery and hardship in New Zealand

Author: Pamela Hyde
Publisher: Eastbourne, New Zealand : Sphenodon Publishing, 2017. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Henry Suter is one of the forgotten German-speaking naturalists who made it their life's work to discover and describe New Zealand's flora and fauna. Leaving behind a failed business in Switzerland, Suter came to New Zealand with his wife and seven children in 1887 expecting to find employment in science. Instead, he found poverty and despair. He also found an absorbing natural environment and a vibrant scientific  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biographies
Biography
History
Named Person: Henry Suter; Henry Suter
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Pamela Hyde
ISBN: 9780473401689 0473401681
OCLC Number: 1013855889
Description: 300 pages : colour illustrations ; 23 cm
Responsibility: Pamela Hyde.

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"Henry Suter is one of the forgotten German-speaking naturalists who made it their life's work to discover and describe New Zealand's flora and fauna. Leaving behind a failed business in Switzerland, Suter came to New Zealand with his wife and seven children in 1887 expecting to find employment in science. Instead, he found poverty and despair. He also found an absorbing natural environment and a vibrant scientific community. Suter never managed to secure permanent employment but found short-term work in New Zealand museums and became a prolific trader of items desired by overseas collectors. While he is best known for his outstanding work on molluscs, he also discovered new species of plants, lizards and spiders. Suter was regularly in touch with his contemporaries, James Hector, William Colenso, Frederick Hutton, Thomas Cheeseman, Augustus Hamilton and others who assisted him, despite the difficulties, to make a life and a living in science"--Back cover.

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