Ivor Noël Hume

Ivor Noël Hume, author with his first wife Audrey (1927-1993) of Tortoises, Terrapins and Turtles published 1954 (see earlier posts), died on 4 February 2017. He was born on 30 September 1927. His obituary under the sub-title ‘Wilfully eccentric British archaeologist renowned for his work on excavating America’s early colonial history’ was in The Times on 17 March 2017. The latter called a tortoise a ‘turtle’. I don’t think he would have approved.



Even more herpetological extracts from Water Life magazine

From another batch of Water Life magazines I have scanned the articles of herpetological interest (see DOWNLOADS page above). For volumes 5-10 from 1950 to 1955, I am now missing only two issues while volume 11 (1956-57) is complete.

Articles included are by:

  • Alfred Leutchscher on tortoises, box tortoises, hibernation, salamanders, amphibians and reptiles of the British Isles
  • Audrey Noël Hume on keeping Brazilian Giant Tortoises
  • Monica Green – a latter on the proper way to keep small terrapins
  • Viscountess Bury – keeping Xenopus

Viscountess Bury, Mairi Bury was born Mairi Elizabeth Vane-Tempest-Stewart in 1921. Her father, Lord Londonderry was a noted appeaser during the 1930s of the nazis in power in Germany and she was taken to meet Hitler, ‘a nondescript person’ she reckoned, while Himmler she described as like ‘a shopwalker in Harrods’. In 1940 she married Viscount Bury; the marriage was dissolved in 1958. She lived at Mount Stewart her family’s stately home in Northern Ireland which she gave to the National Trust. The Xenopus must have been kept there along with a bald (feather-plucked) cockatoo which lived in the hall. She died in November 2009. Her obituary in the Daily Telegraph is here.

Another article is on the Lido Aquarium and Reptile House in Margate; there is a photograph of Ken Smith, the well-known animal keeper of Paignton, Jersey and Exmouth Zoos.

There is a letter on the metamorphosis of axolotls and even a hint on using wire from ‘Morrison’ indoor air-raid shelters to make an outdoor reptiliary.