This Day In History: 1813-07-07


Johann Cesar VI. Godeffroy (1813 – 1885) was born on this day.
He was a German merchant and collector of natural history objects, founder of Museum Godeffroy.
Beginning as a personal natural history cabinet, a collection of birds, shells, fish and other animals as well as cultural objects from localities visited by the Godeffroy ships, it grew in size until it occupied a cluttered warehouse resulting in the establishment of the Museum Godeffroy (Hamburg, Germany). It existed from 1861 to 1885, the exhibition on two floors covered the natural history, ethnography and anthropology of the South Seas, stocked with items brought back by the captains of his many ships (29 deep water vessels and some 100 smaller ships), along with specimens collected by specialists such as Andrew Garrett.

Godeffroy is honoured in the names of a number of species under godeffroyi.