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

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

See also

Field Naturalists Society of South Australia

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  1. Encyclopedia of Australian Science - Corporate entry, Field Naturalist Club of Victoria
  2. 1 2 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. 1 2 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
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