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4 facts about Gracius Broinowski

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By Gwylym Owen

Gracius Joseph Broinowski (7 March 1837 – 11 April 1913) was an Australian performer and ornithologist. He was born at the village of Walichnowy in central Poland, the son of a landowner and military officer. He studied languages, classics and art at Munich University. In nearly 1857 he associated the crew of a windjammer bound for Australia, leaving the boat at Portland, Victoria.

Broinowski spent the bordering few years piece of legislation various jobs, including full of zip for a publisher in Melbourne, selling and promoting his paintings, and travelling widely in eastern Australia. He married Jane Smith, the daughter of a whaling captain, in practically 1863. In 1880 he decided in Sydney, teaching painting, lecturing upon art and holding exhibitions of his own work.

In the 1880s he began to say illustrated works upon Australian natural history. First came “The Birds and Mammals of Australia“, followed in 1888 by “The Cockatoos and Nestors of Australia and New Zealand“, and “The Birds of Australia” in 1891.

Broinowski died at Mosman in Sydney, survived by his wife, six sons and a daughter. One son, Leopold, became a significant embassy journalist in Tasmania.

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