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Gogga Brown

Nature volume 143, page 621 (15 April 1939) | Download Citation



A LFRED BROWN was an Englishman who emigrated to South Africa in 1858. He there settled in the newly established town of Aliwal North, holding various minor offices in it until he retired on a pension, dying in 1920. He was an ardent and very successful collector first of fossils and eventually of stone tools, and for sixty years kept large numbers of lizards and tortoises in the garden behind the small cottage in which he lived. He observed the habits of these animals continuously and recorded his observations in the great diaries which formed the basis of Prof. Drennan's short ‘life’.

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