Paweł Strzelecki Geologist

Sir Paul Edmund de Strzelecki KCB CMG FRGS MRS (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpavɛw ˈɛdmunt stʂɛˈlɛt͡skʲi]; 24 June 1797 – 6 October 1873), was a Polish-born explorer and geologist who in 1845 also became a British subject. Strzelecki was born in Głuszyna (then part of South Prussia, today part of Nowe Miasto, Poznań), Greater Poland, in 1797, the third child of Franciszek Strzelecki, a Polish nobleman (Szlachta) leasing land, and his wife, Anna Raczyńska. In Australia Strzelecki was called a 'Count', though there is no proof that he actually approved or used such a title himself. Strzelecki served shortly in the Prussian army in the 6th Regiment of Thuringischen (but this claim is unlikely, because the 6th Regiment seems to have formed after 1860) Uhlans, at the time known as 'Polish Regiment' because so many Poles served on the staff.(unsubstantiated - Streslecki also claimed to be a count, however there is no evidence that he was entitled to this title.) However the stiff Prussian drill did not agree with his character and he submitted his resignation and returned home.

Personal details

Date of birth
July 20th, 1797
Date of death
October 6th, 1873 at age of 76
Place of death
London, United Kingdom
Polish Australian

Awards won

1846 Founder's Gold Medal

Awarded for Presented by Discipline Award shared with
For exploration in the south eastern portion of Australia
Royal Geographical Society


1.Strzelecki Ranges

Mountain range
The Strzelecki Ranges, also known as the Strzelecki Hills, is a low mountain range that is part of the Great Dividing Range, located in the West Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria. The range is situated between the Latrobe Valley to the north and Bass Strait to the south. It is named after Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, a Polish explorer, who led an expedition through this region in the 1840s. The ranges also form a biogeographic subregion of the South Eastern Highlands bioregion, within the Interim Biogeographic Regionalisation for Australia.


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