A life-size bust of Alfred Russel Wallace has been donated by the sculptor Jane Robbins to the Linnean Society of London, where it has been put on display in the library. Jane Robbins writes "It is cast in bronze jesmonite (a bronze effect strong resin/plaster and stands on a granite plinth and is life size.
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By Tony Whitten (Fauna & Flora International)
Four times I have managed to land Wallace cruise guests on the north side of Klaarbeek at the far west of the Raja Ampat islands. This is where Wallace finally came ashore after his terrible trip from Seram and after losing two of his crew on the island to the south (where we also visit).
Spectacular special Wallace editions of Natural History and Skeptic magazines (both published in the USA) have just been produced in collaboration with Richard Milner's Wallace Centenary Celebration project. Richard edited both issues - and they are packed with excellent Wallace-related articles by famous writers, ranging from Sir David Attenborough to Richard Conniff.
By George Beccaloni
Wallace built "The Dell" in Grays, Essex (now 25 College Avenue), paying for it using the small fortune he had earnt from the sale of the natural history specimens he collected during is epic 8 year expedition to the Malay Archipelago (1854-1862). He lived in the house from March 1872 until July 1876 and during this four year period he wrote his books On Miracles and Modern Spiritualism (published March 1875) and his two volume magnum opus The Geographical Distribution of Animals (published May 1876).
Beautiful pencil drawings and watercolour paintings of Amazonian fish and insects by Alfred Russel Wallace and Henry Walter Bates are among the many historic paper treasures released online today by the Wallace Correspondence Project.
On the 2nd July 2015, after delivering the Wallace Correspondence Project's Annual Wallace Lecture at London's Natural History Museum, Richard Milner was awarded the Wallace Memorial Fund's bronze Wallace Medal, for his outstanding contributions to the public understanding of Wallace's life and work.
By John Matthews
*Annual A. R. Wallace Lecture 2015*
Thursday 2nd July 2015
Flett Events Theatre, Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London
Wallace, Darwin, and Spiritualism: The Trial of the Spirit-Medium Henry Slade, 1876
Things Named After Wallace: Alternative Realities
Thurrock Local History Society