S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Morris, Mr Percival Darter (zoological collection)

Born: 14 December 1873, Place not known.
Died: 1912, Victoria West, Northern Cape, South Africa.

Percival Darter Morris, collector of zoological specimens, was the son of Edward Morris and his wife Kate Darter. He appears to have come to South Africa from Australia after the Anglo-Boer War (1899-1902) and settled in Victoria West, Northern Cape. During the years 1906 to 1911 he presented many zoological specimens to the Albany Museum, Grahamstown. For example, in 1906 he sent in 327 named insects. His donations during 1910 comprised nearly 400 beetles, including a series of named Australian species and a set from Victoria West, some of which were new to the museum; also several long series of reptiles, batrachians, scorpions, centipedes and other invertebrates from the Victoria West neighbourhood. These were followed the next year by a number of birds. In 1913, shortly after his death, his large collection of named beetles, mostly from Australia, was presented to the museum by a Mrs Darter, presumably his sister Lilian Kate Darter, born Morris (1864-1956). He was not married.

List of sources:
Albany Museum. Annual Report, 1906, 1910, 1911, 1913.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Percival Darter Morris.

Percival Darter Morris. Geneanet. Retrieved from https://gw.geneanet.org/rnelson?lang=en&n=morris&oc=0&p=percival darter on 2018-11-20.

Compiled by: C. Plug