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 Alan Owston

Alan Owston

Birth
Pirbright, Guildford Borough, Surrey, England
Death 30 Nov 1915 (aged 62)
Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Burial Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan
Memorial ID 1349 · View Source
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Businessman, Naturalist, Yachtsman. In 1871, he left England to go to Asia, to work as a merchant in Japan and a marine naturalist. There, he collected over 1,300 of Asian fish specimens from Japan and China. In addition, he also collected reptiles, birds, clams, frogs and giant sea sponges. His collections can be found in many museums to this day, such as the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. As a yachtsman, he was the founder of Yokohama Yacht Club Japan and his craft the Golden Hind was noted as the fastest yacht. He was also credited as the one who opened Japan to western influence and business interests.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 1349
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Alan Owston (7 Aug 1853–30 Nov 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 1349, citing Negishi Foreign Cemetery, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan ; Maintained by Find A Grave .