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The Nature Study Idea in New South Wales: The Role of Charles Tucker Musson (1856--1928) (2013)


Charles Tucker Musson was a highly respected teacher at Hawkesbury Agricultural College from 1891 to 1919 and a prolific contributor of articles to scientific and other journals in New South Wales. In addition, he became a strong advocate of Nature Study, a subject widely discussed as it was introduced to schools throughout the English-speaking world in the early twentieth century but since fallen into obscurity within historical research. Musson's understandings of ecology and adaptation promoted a holistic study of nature. For him any action that affected the natural environment had wider implications that needed to be understood. He came to believe that environmental understanding required more than factual scientific investigation and thus embraced the additional appeal to emotional attachment and aesthetic appreciation that Nature Study endorsed. A study of his life and writing thus provides insight into the particular ideology of Nature Study as it was introduced into New South Wales schools and its wider connection with conservationist and preservationist thought.

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Authors & Contributors
Foster, John Bellamy
Lambert, Robert A.
Lee, Robert S.
Bowen, James
Noble, J. C.
Pfitzner, G. H.
Historical Records of Australian Science
Archives of Natural History
Journal of the History of Biology
Women's History Review
Archives Internationales d'Histoire des Sciences
Health and History
Monthly Review Press
White Horse Press
New South Wales Univ. Press
Cambridge University Press
University Press of Kansas
Museum Victoria Pub.
Natural history
Nature and its relationship to culture; human-nature relationships
Women in medicine
Linnaeus, Carolus
Marx, Karl
Whitton, John
Rodier, William
Lewin, John William
Brown, Robert
Time Periods
19th century
20th century
20th century, early
18th century
New South Wales (Australia)
Sydney (Australia)

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