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Vincent Noel Serventy OAM (January 6, 1916 – September 8, 2007) was a noted Australian author, ornithologist and conservationist.

Born in Armadale, Western Australia, the youngest of eight children of migrant Croatian parents, he graduated from the University of Western Australia in geology and psychology. He was a CSIRO researcher and teacher before beginning a career as a writer, lecturer and film-maker. He joined the Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union (RAOU) in 1942 and served as either its Branch Secretary or State Representative for Western Australia 1943-1959. In 1946 he became a life member of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia and was for many years its President.

In 1956 he bought a movie camera and began making documentary films which later led to Australia's first television environment program, Nature Walkabout(1967).[1]

In 1974 he was awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion. He was a recipient of the Medal of the Order of Australia.

Vincent Serventy was a younger brother of the eminent Australian ornithologist Dom Serventy.

Serventy wrote numerous articles on natural history and conservation. Some of his books are:

  • The Archipelago of the Recherche. Part 2: Birds (AGS Report No.1. Australian Geographical Society: Melbourne, 1952)
  • The Australian Nature Trail (Georgian House: Melbourne, 1965)
  • A Continent in Danger (Survival Books. A Survival Special. Andre Deutsch: London, 1966)
  • Nature Walkabout (Reed: Artarmon, 1969)
  • Southern Walkabout (Reed: Artarmon, 1969)
  • Around the Bush with Vincent Serventy (ABC: Sydney, 1970)
  • Dryandra. The story of an Australian forest (Reed: Sydney, 1970)
  • The Handbook of Australian Sea-birds (Reed: Sydney, 1971) (with Dominic Serventy and John Warham)
  • Australia’s World Heritage Sites (1985)
  • The Desert Sea. The Miracle of Lake Eyre in Flood (Macmillan Australia: Melbourne, 1985)
  • Flight of the Shearwater (Kangaroo Press: Kenthurst, 1996)
  • An Australian Life. Memoirs of a naturalist, conservationist, traveller and writer (Fremantle Arts Centre Press: South Fremantle, 1999)


  1. ^ Stephens (2007)


  • 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
  • Serventy, Vincent N. (1999). An Australian Life. Memoirs of a naturalist, conservationist, traveller and writer. Fremantle Arts Centre Press: South Fremantle. ISBN 1-86368-232-5
  • Stephens, Tony (2007). "Green before it was fashionable: Vincent Serventy, 1916-2007" in The Sydney Morning Herald, 2007-09-12, p. 20 [1]

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