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Shelford, Robert Walter Campbell, 1872-1912 (naturalist)



  • Existence: 1872 - 1912


Robert Walter Campbell Shelford was born in Singapore on the 3rd August 1872. He was educated at King's College, London and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. From 1895 to 1897 he was a demonstrator in biology at the Yorkshire College, Leeds. From 1897 to 1904 he was the curator of the Sarawak Museum, Kuching. Shelford was in the Hope Department, Oxford University Museum 1905-12. Shelford married the daughter of Reverend Alfred Richardson in June 1908. Shelford died at Margate on the 22nd June 1912.

Shelford is associated with the Sarawak photographs of Charles Hose.


Shelford, R.W.C. (1902), 'Observations on some mimetic insects and spiders from Borneo and Singapore'. [S.l.]: [s.n.].

Shelford, R.W.C. (1903), 'Report on the Sarawak Museum for 1901 and 1902'. [S.l.]: Printed at the 'Sarawak Gazette' Office.

Shelford, R.W.C. (1904) 'Report on the Sarawak Museum for 1904'. Sarawak: [s.n.].

Shelford, R.W.C. (1916), 'A naturalist in Borneo'. London.


Venn, J.A. (1953), 'Alumni Cantabrigienses, part 2, volume 5', Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Descriptive album of the country and people of Sarawak

Reference Code: GBR/0115/RCS/Y3035A
Scope and Contents An album containing platinum prints, most measuring approximately 145 x 105 mm, with letterpress captions pasted beneath the prints. The captions have been used as titles and may include language which is offensive, inaccurate or inappropriate. They have been retained to reflect the context of the collection's creation. The album is stamped 'Sarawak' on the front cover but contains no further publication details: the title here given is taken from Appendix II of Hose (1927).The...
Dates: 1884-03 - 1900
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