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Barker, Collet (1784–1831), army officer and explorer, was born near Paradise Gardens, Hackney, Middlesex, on 31 December 1784, the son of William Barker (c.1748–1832), skinner and mercer of Newbury, Berkshire, and Sarah Collet (1755–1808), elder daughter of Samuel Collet, of an established family of ...


Gilbert, John (1812–1845), zoological collector and explorer in Australia, was born on 14 March 1812 in Newington Butts, London, the son of William Gilbert (b. c.1793), a carpenter, and his wife, Ann (b. c.1792); they were from villages in ...


Haast, Sir (John Francis) Julius von [formerly Johann Franz Haast] (1822–1887), geologist and explorer, was born on 1 May 1822 at house no. 320, Bonn (now 1 Bonngasse), Germany, one of the nine children of Mathias Haast (1784–1852), tailor and lottery office keeper, and his wife, ...