Extract from a report in the magazine of the Avicultural Society

from a report on the Crystal Palace show in the magazine of the Avicultural Society published in March 1926 (Fourth Series, Vol IV, No 3)

The Crystal Palace Bird Show

Mr Whitley's Hyacinthine was an easy first-prize winner, Mr Maxwell's Lears coming second ........

(Website editor's note: Mr Herbert Whitley, a member of the Avicultural Society only since 1923, lived at Primley Hill, Paignton in south Devon. His collection of birds and animals , which later became Paignton Zoo, included pairs of Hyacinthine, Lear's and Spix's Macaws in the late 1920s and early 1930s according to several reports in the magazine of the Avicultural Society during this period. More information about Herbert Whitley and his zoo can be found at the Paignton Zoo website

Mr C.T Maxwell lived at No. 1 Shadcroft Avenue, Herne Hill, London SE24 and had been a member since December 1908. He was frequently mentioned as a prize-winner at bird shows held during this period. The show held annually at the Crystal Palace in south London until that great structure was destroyed in a huge fire in 1936 was the national event for the UK)

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