Field Naturalists Club of Victoria

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The Field Naturalists Club of Victoria (FNCV) is an Australian natural history and conservation organisation. [1]

It was founded in May 1880 by a group of nature enthusiasts that included Thomas Pennington Lucas.[2] Charles French and Dudley Best.[3] It is the oldest conservation group in [Australia]. Since 1884 it has published a journal, The Victorian Naturalist, which is issued six times a year.

Currently there are eight special interest groups (SIGs) within the FNCV, these are Botany, Fauna Survey, Fungi, Geology, Juniors, Marine Research, Microscopy and Terrestrial Invertebrates. The club also has a Day Group.

The FNCV is situated at 1 Gardenia St, Blackburn, in Melbourne's eastern suburbs. A range of services are available for members including a bookshop.

Since 1940 the FNCV has awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion to the person judged to have made the most meritorious contribution to the understanding of Australian Natural History.[4]


Past presidents include:

Regional groups[edit]

The FNCV has informal links to a number of regional field naturalist groups across Victoria, including:

See also[edit]

Field Naturalists Society of South Australia


  1. ^ Encyclopedia of Australian Science - Corporate entry, Field Naturalist Club of Victoria
  2. ^ a b Sophie C. Ducker, 'Lucas, Arthur Henry Shakespeare (1853 - 1936)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 10, MUP, 1986, pp 163-164. Retrieved 2009-09-19
  3. ^ a b Gary Presland (2016) Understanding our natural world: the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria 1880-2015. Melbourne: Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
  4. ^ Sheila Houghton (1987) The Australian Natural History Medallion Melbourne: Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
  5. ^ Barrow, Elizabeth. "Dobson, Frank Stanley (1835–1895)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 20 October 2012 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.

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