Obituary William Joseph Rainbow
Obituary. William Joseph Rainbow 1895 to 1919. After a long and painful illness Mr. William Joseph Rainbow, Entomologist, to the Australian Museum, passed away on the 21st November, 1919, at the age of 63. Of Mr. Rainbow's early life and his entrance into the field of Entomology a few notes will doubtless prove of interest. Mr. Rainbow was born in Yorkshire in 1856, and as his father was a Warrant Officer in the Roya.l Marines he spent much of his boyhood in the naval towns. It was in these towns and also in Edinburgh that he received most of his education. In 1873 he left England with his parents for New Zealand, and on the long sea voyage out young Rainbow acted as schoolmaster to the numerous childlren on the emigrant ship. On arrival in New Zealand, he took up newspaper work, and was for some years on the literary staff of the " Wanganui Herald, " edited and owned by Mr. John Ballance who in later years was destined to become the Premier of the Colony.