Leeds Mercury (08/Feb/1929) - Famous Yorkshire Naturalist: Mr. S. L. Mosley Dead

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Mr. S. L. Mosley Dead.


Mr. S. L. Mosley.

(From Our Own Correspondent.)

The death of Mr. Seth Lister Mosley, of Wasp Nest Road, Huddersfield, has removed one of the best-known residents of the borough, a naturalist of widespread reputation, and a "character" of a remarkable kind.

A frail man, whose life was more than once despaired of, he reached the age of eighty years — in itself a tribute to the frugal and simple mode of life which he imposed upon himself.

Mr. Mosley, the son of a hand-loom weaver, who afterwards became a game-keeper, was born at Lepton. His health was so poor that his total period of school life was only six months. His father became interested in taxidermy, and used to walk from Lepton to Doncaster to take lessons in the art.

Museum Work.

Mr. Mosley ascribed his love of nature and nature study to the influence of his father. Early in life be began the study of entomology, and the knowledge he acquired was so great that he was eventually selected to remodel the collection belonging to the Board of Agriculture at the Bethnal Green Museum.

So well did be perform this work that he was selected to undertake a similar duty for all the principal museums of the country, and for the museums of Melbourne and Philadelphia.

Forty years ago Mr. Mosley was appointed a botanical teacher, under the Science and Art Department, and for seven years he taught voluntarily and without payment at local schools. About thirty years ago he was appointed curator of the Technical College Museum, and held that position for about twenty years.

Curator at Keighley.

For part of that time he was also curator of the Keighley Museum. in 1920, when the Tolson Memorial Museum was opened at Ravensknowle, Mr. Mosley became curator of that institution, and held the position until his retirement on superannuation in 1926.

During his retirement he worked on an illustrated natural history of the Huddersfield district, a work which remains unfinished.

For a long period Mr. Mosley was secretary of the Huddersfield Naturalist Society. He was a Fellow of the Entomological Society of London.

He founded the Christian Nature Study Mission in 1900.

He produced a number of colour drawings of butterflies which are considered unique.

The paper "Natural History," which Mr. Mosley purchased in 1894, became, under his editorship, the most widely circulated organ of the kind in the country.

When 21 Mr. Mosley married Miss Sarah Taylor, of Lockwood, who survives him.