Who is Warren Somerville?


Professor Warren Somerville AM, collector and donator of the Somerville Collection.

Warren Somerville is a remarkable Australian. Warren Somerville has spent a lifetime building one of the world's leading private collections of minerals and fossils. In 2000, Warren gifted part of his priceless life's work and legacy to the people of Australia.

As a child in Orange New South Wales, Warren Somerville became fascinated with mineral crystals and fossils. Over the next 50 years he became one of Australia’s leading collectors. The holder of five degrees, Warren was a university lecturer, a TAFE lecturer and a successful horticulturalist.

As part of the museum project, Warren was originally the Curator of the collection and was given an honorary professorship from Charles Sturt University and in 2007. He was inducted into the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for his services to natural history and the community. In 2009 he was named Bathurst Citizen of the Year. He currently holds a position on the museum’s management board.