Marcel Aurousseau BSc (Syd.) MC ''C. de G.''
(19 April 1891 in Woollahra
– 22 August 1983 in Sydney) was an Australian geographer
, war hero, historian and translator.
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Aurousseau, who was of French
descent, attended Sydney Boys High School
alongside three students who were also later prominent in various fields: Arthur Wheen
(a historian and translator), Raymond Kershaw
(an economist) and Arthur McLaughlin (a medical practitioner).
He began his scientific career as an "office boy" at the Australian Museum
While completing the Bachelor of Science
course at the University of Sydney
, Aurousseau won the ''University Medal in Geology
In 1913, he was appointed to the position of assistant lecturer at the newly formed geology department of the University of Western Australia
(UWA), in Perth
Following the outbreak of World War I
, Aurousseau obtained leave from UWA, to join the Australian Imperial Force
. He was assigned initially to the 28th Battalion
(1915), before joining the 51st Battalion
on the Western Front
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Aurousseau first saw action in France
at the battles of Fleurbaix
(Fromelles), the Pozières
and the Mouquet Farm
(14–15 August 1916), which resulted in him being severely wounded.
He was subsequently awarded the Military Cross
Promoted to Captain
, Aurousseau also served at the Battle of Messines
, the Third Battle of Ypres
(Polygon Wood), the First Battle of Dernancourt
(part of the Battle of Villers-Bretonneux), and was wounded again at Hourges
, during the Battle of Amiens
, in August 1918.
As a result of his war service, Aurousseau was also awarded the French ''Croix de Guerre
Scientific and literary career
Returning to Perth after the war, Aurousseau again taught geology at UWA.
He subsequently moved to the United States, to work at the Geophysical Laboratory of the Carnegie Institution
, in Washington DC
During 1923–24, Aurousseau worked for the American Geographical Society
in New York.
After returning briefly to Australia, Aurousseau moved to London
to pursue a literary career.
Between 1936 and 1955 he worked as executive secretary of the British Government Permanent Committee on Geographical Names
. During World War II, Aurousseau contributed to military geographical dictionaries
used by Allied forces
. In 1956 he declined the award
of an MBE
In his most influential work, ''The Rendering of Geographical Names'' (1957), Aurousseau coined the term exonym
[Marcel Aurousseau, 1957, ''The Rendering of Geographical Names'', London, Hutchinson, pp. 2–3, and; Kelsey B. Harder, 1996, "The term", in: Ernst Eichler & Walter de Gruyter (eds), ''Namenforschung/Name Studies/Les noms propres. 2. Halbband+Registerband'', Berlin, Walter de Gruyter, p. 1012.]
a place name
that is the common name only in countries or regions outside the place in question, usually for historical reasons. Usage of "exonym" has grown to include non-geographical proper names for things such as languages, cultures or populations. Some significant examples of exonyms therefore include: the English language "China
" for ''Zhōngguó
''; the Spanish word ''estadounidenses
"unitedstatesians") for "Americans
", and; the English "German
" for ''Deutsch
In 1969, the Royal Geographical Society
presented Aurousseau with the Victoria Medal
, an annual award "for conspicuous merit in research in geography".
Aurousseau's published works include:
; Travel book
* ''Highway Into Spain'', London, Peter Davies (1930), 1st ed., 686 pages.
* ''Highway Into Spain'', London, Peter Davies (1931), 2nd ed., 294 pages.
* ''Beyond the Pyrenees'' London, Peter Davies (1931), orig. publ. 1930 as part of ''Highway Into Spain''.
* ''The Rendering of Geographical Names'', London, Hutchinson (1957).
* ''The Letters of F. W. Ludwig Leichhardt
'' (transl. & ed.), London, Hakluyt Society/Cambridge University Press (1968).
''Marcel Aurousseau interviewed by Hazel de Berg for the Hazel de Berg collection
' (1977), c. 36 minutes; held by the National Library of Australia
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