Category Archives: Alfred Russel Wallace

In Search of Wallace – Part 9: Celebes – Macassar

Last week, after a break of several months, I resumed my efforts to retrace Alfred Russel Wallace’s footsteps in the Malay Archipelago, this time by visiting the area around Makassar in southern Sulawesi. (I’ll use the old spellings of Macassar … Continue reading

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In Search Of Wallace – Part 8: Bali & Lombok

Perhaps the most lasting legacy of Arthur Russel Wallace’s eight year odyssey though the Malay Archipelago was his discovery of what came to be known as the Wallace Line, a boundary separating the faunal species of southeast Asia from those … Continue reading

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In Search Of Wallace – Part 7: East Java

Continuing with my In Search Of Wallace series, last week I travelled to Surabaya in Indonesia to try to retrace Alfred Russel Wallace’s footsteps in East Java which he visited in the summer of 1861. In italics below are extracts … Continue reading

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In Search Of Wallace – Part 6: Peninjau, Borneo

After spending 9 months at Simunjan (see last post), Alfred Russel Wallace made a shorter exploration of Bukit Peninjau, a small hill (1,646 feet high) some 20 km, as the bird flies, from Kuching town centre. He was initially accompanied … Continue reading

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In Search Of Wallace – Part 5: Simunjan, Borneo

Alfred Russel Wallace spent 15 months in Borneo from November 1854 to January 1856. After exploring in the vicinity of Sarawak town (Kuching) he made a journey into ‘a part of the interior seldom visited by Europeans’. This is how … Continue reading

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In Search Of Wallace – Part 4: Palembang, Sumatra

Alfred Russel Wallace visited Sumatra only once and stayed a relatively short time, from November 1861 to January 1862, which is perhaps surprising given that the island is massive (more than double the area of Great Britain) with, at that … Continue reading

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In Search Of Wallace – Part 3: Singapore

Singapore was Wallace’s first point of call on his Malay Archipelago odyssey and he returned there a number of times during the following eight years. Singapore was then, as now, a convenient base for travels within the region. His short … Continue reading

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