ALASTAIR MORRISON (1915-2009) – TAASA Review December 2009


This article was originally found in the December 2009 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 18, Issue 4, Page 25).

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Claire Roberts A lastair Morrison, who died in Canberra in August aged 93, was a passionate collector and a generous donor to cultural institutions.

He was a great traveller, raconteur, ornithologist, conservationist, colonial administrator, and high-level public servant, the son of George Ernest Morrison (1862-1920), husband of the photographer Hedda Morrison (1908-1991) and much loved friend of many people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds. Alastair was born in Peking in 1915, the second son of George Ernest Morrison and Jenny Wark Robin (1889-1923).

His father, an Australian doctor turned journalist, was the Peking correspondent for The Times newspaper in London from 18971912, and later political advisor to Yuan Shikai, President of the Chinese Republic...