Edward Webster & Walter FiniganPrint Page
A tree commemorates the founders of the Gould League of Bird Lovers in New South Wales.
Edward Webster was a schoolteacher and Walter Finigan was his deputy and they followed the idea of a Victorian schoolteacher who set up a Gould League of Bird Lovers in honour of John Gould in 1909 which encouraged school children to participate.
On 22 October 1910, Webster and Finigan called a meeting at Wellington and established the Gould League of Bird Lovers in New South Wales. The chief inspector James Dawson ensured that the school system supported it. Children contributed a penny for a certificate and pledged to protect birds, mainly by not collecting their eggs. The movement spread to all States; New South Wales, however, with 10,000 members by 1917 and over 130,000 by the 1930s, had the largest membership.
|Address:||Percy Street, Primary School, Wellington, 2820|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -32.554444|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||22-October-1910|
|Actual Event End Date:||22-October-1910|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Wednesday 21st October, 1931|