Pauline Neura Reilly

Pauline Neura Reilly

Pauline Neura Reilly, OAM (born 15 December 1918) is an Australian author and ornithologist.

She was born in Adelaide but her family moved to Melbourne where she attended Korowa Anglican Girls' School and Melbourne Girls Grammar School.

She joined the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU) in 1956 which she served as Publicity Officer 1966-1967, on the Field Investigations Committee 1969-1972, as President 1972-1975, and as the Chair of the Atlas Committee 1976-1982. In 1981 she was elected a Fellow of the RAOU. She has also been awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM). In 2001 she was awarded the RAOU's John Hobbs Medal for contributions to amateur ornithology in Australia.

Pauline Reilly was actively involved in ornithological fieldwork for many years, including leading a long-term study of Little Penguins. One of her main achievements with the RAOU was the instigation, leadership and successful conclusion of the RAOU's first Atlas of Australian Birds project, fieldwork for which ran from 1 January 1977 to 31 December 1981.

Published works

* Reilly, Pauline N. (1983). "Fairy Penguins and Earthy People". Lothian Publishing Co: Melbourne, Australia.
* Blakers, Margaret; Davies, S.J.J.F.; & Reilly, Pauline N. (1984). "The Atlas of Australian Birds". Melbourne University Press: Carlton, Australia.
* Reilly, Pauline N. (1988). "The Lyrebird. A natural history". Australian Natural History Series. NSW University Press: Kensington, Australia.
* Reilly, Pauline N. (1988). "Private Lives. Ages, mates and movements of some Australian birds". Kangaroo Press: Kenthurst, Australia.
* Reilly, Pauline N. (1994). "Penguins of the World". Oxford University Press: South Melbourne, Australia.
* Dann, Peter; Norman, Ian; & Reilly, Pauline. (Eds). (1995). "The Penguins: Ecology and Management". Surrey Beatty & Sons: Chipping Norton, Australia.

She has also published an ongoing series of scientifically accurate children's books about Australian birds and other animals.


*Anon. (1981). RAOU Fellow: Citation. Pauline Neura Reilly. "Emu" 81: 253-254.
*Olsen, Penny. (2001). John Hobbs Medal 2001: Citation. Pauline Neura Reilly. "Emu" 101: 271.
*Robin, Libby. (2001). "The Flight of the Emu: a hundred years of Australian ornithology 1901-2001". Carlton, Vic. Melbourne University Press. ISBN 0-522-84987-3

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