S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Hare, Mr Harry Leighton (ornithology)

Born: 24 November 1883, Peddie, Eastern Cape, South Africa.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

Harry Leighton Hare, son of William Hare and his wife Francis, born Hooper, joined the civil service of the Cape Colony on 9 February 1902. During the next ten years or so he worked as a clerk in Tulbach and Cape Town. After the formation of the Union of South Africa (in 1910) he was employed in the Department of Justice as a third grade clerk attached to the magistrate court in Philipstown, Cape Province. In 1916 he became a foundation member of the South African Biological Society. In the society's lists of members for 1919 and 1920 his address is given as Zwagershoek, a farm some 10 km south of Philipstown.

Hare published several ornithological papers and notes over a period of more than three decades. His first paper described "The birds of Philipstown, Cape Province, with notes on their habits" (Journal of the South African Ornithologists' Union, 1915, Vol. 11(1), pp. 1-19). This was followed many years later by several contributions to the journal Ostrich: "Vultures, crows and sheep" (1932), in which he described the return of vultures to the Philipstown district after an absence of 40 years; "Records of unusual habits of birds" (1932); "Remarks on changed conditions in the Karroo in recent years" (1937), describing the effects of drought and overstocking; and, as co-author with J.M. Winterbottom, "On the birds of Port St Johns, Pondoland" (1947).

List of sources:

Google scholar. http://scholar.google.co.za/ Publications by H.L. Hare.

Harry Leighton Hare. Geni, at https://www.geni.com/people/Harry-Hare/6000000036338731933 Retrieved on 2018-1-6.

Journal of the South African Ornithologists' Union, 1915, Vol. 11(1), paper by H. Leighton Hare.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). http://www.national.archives.gov.za/naairs.htm Documents relating to Leighton Hare / H.L. Hare.

South African Journal of Natural History, 1919, Vol. 1(2), pp. 274-277 and 1920, Vol. 2(2), pp. 293-301, Lists of members [of the SA Biological Society].

Union of South Africa. Public Service List, 1914. Pretoria: Government Printer, 1914.

Compiled by: C. Plug