Obituary: Henry Eeles Dresser

Published on 01 January 1916 in Obituaries

BY the death at Cannes on November 2nd, 1915, of Henry Eeles Dresser, at the age of seventy-seven years, the ornithological world has lost one of its best known and most distinguished members. Mr. H. E. Dresser was born at Thirsk on May 9th, 1838, in the bank founded by bis grandfather. His father commenced life in London as a Baltic timber merchant, and owing to this circumstance H. E. Dresser’s career was so shaped as much to assist and encourage his natural bent towards ornithology. After attending school at Bromley, near London, he went to Ahrensburg, near Hamburg, in 1852, and two years later to Gefle and (Jpsala. He went in 1856 to St. Petersburg and on to Finland, where he entered a timber merchant’s office, and in 1857 and 1858 travelled through Sweden, Finland, and round the Baltic. It was on this occasion that his fame as an ornithologist first arose, for while on this journey he discovered a breeding-place and took with his own hands the young and an egg of the Waxwing (Ampelisgamdus), an account of which is given by Newton in the Ibis for 1861, pp. 102-104, being probably to this day the only Englishman who has done so. In 1859 he went to New Brunswick to manage a timber estate, returning home in 1860. He travelled much in Sweden, Russia, Finland, and Prussia in the next two years, returning to New Brunswick in 1862; and in 1863 ran a cargo for the Confederate States

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