To mark the centenary of Broadstone, Dorset's most famous resident, Alfred Russel Wallace, the Broadstone Chamber of Trade is sponsoring a one day only postal cover and postmark for 7th November, 2013. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of this unique souvenir of the Wallace anniversary year then CLICK HERE for an order form. It costs only £5.00.
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The 100th anniversary of Wallace's death on the 7th November 2013 is being marked by two public events at the Natural History Museum in London - plus two private events afterwards which are open only to invited guests who were involved in Wallace100.
The two public events are:
Just to let people know that I will be leaving the UK on the 8th November and travelling to 'the Malay Archipelago' (rather more rapidly than Wallace did!), as I have been asked to be a keynote speaker at the Wallace conference in Wangi-Wangi Island in Indonesia (see http://wallacefund.info/wallace-conference-beautiful-wakatobi-islands-indonesia).
Defining Wallacea: a conference about Wallace and the Wallacean Region has just been announced. It will be held in the Patuno Resort Hotel on Wangi Wangi Island in the Wakatobi Islands off south-eastern Sulawesi Island from the 10th to the 13th of November 2013. More information will soon be posted on the following website: http://www.aipi.or.id/en/
A wonderful map, showing the routes of Wallace and Darwin's voyages has just been published by Operation Wallacea in association with the Wallace Memorial Fund (I carefully checked and edited the text). A small image of the map is shown below, and if you click it you will see a larger version.
On Thursday 7th November 2013, one hundred years to the day after the great naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace died, a life-size bronze statue of him will be presented to the Natural History Museum in London by the Wallace Memorial Fund. This statue, the first ever made of Wallace, is the result of a fund-raising campaign started by George Beccaloni, Chairman of the Fund, in 2011.
Below is a list of book length publications (printed and electronic) on Wallace which have appeared during 2013, with links to more information about them, if available. This list will be updated if I come across any others during the year. Note that scholarly articles about Wallace which have been published during this period will be listed on Charles Smith's website HERE.
A lucky buyer has an amazing stone carving brought back from Java by Wallace and they don't yet know its fascinating history!
Ahren Lester, a friend of mine who is doing a PhD on Wallace, recently pointed out the following comment in a letter written by Wallace's son William in 1935: