1804 Born September 14 in the small fishing town of Lyme Regis on the Dorset coast, as the son of a gardener.
1818 Gould's father appointed a foreman in the Gardens of Windsor Castle; Gould and his family move to Windsor. Gould follows in his father's trade and learns egg blowing and taxidermy.
1822 Works as a gardener at Ripley Castle in Yorkshire.
1824 Moves to London and works as a taxidermist.
1827 Appointed Curator and Preserver to the museum of the recently formed Zoological Society of London.
1829 Marries Elizabeth Coxen (1804-1841). Elizabeth lithographs Gould's sketches of birds.
1832 A Century of Birds from the Himalaya Mountains completed.
1835 A Monograph of the Ramphastidae, or Family of Toucans completed.
1836 Charles Darwin returns to England. Darwin and Gould discover that the 13 species of the Galapagos finches have beaks of different sizes. Later this discovery would lead to Darwin's theory of evolution.
1837 The Birds of Europe completed.
1838 The Zoology of the Voyage of H.M.S. Beagle (5 vols.) begins publication under the editorship of Charles Darwin. 55 bird plates by John and Elizabeth Gould were included in volume 3. The Goulds leave England for a 27-month trip to Australia in order to gather specimens. Enjoys the support and hospitality of Lieut-Governor and Governess Sir John and Lady Franklin. A Monograph of the Trogonidae, or Family of Trogons completed.
1841 Elizabeth dies. Henry Constantine Richter (1821-1902) joins Gould. Richter would continue to work devotedly for Gould for 40 years, contributing to more than 1000 plates.
1848 The Birds of Australia completed.
1850 A Monograph of the Odontophorinae, or Partridges of America completed.
1851 William Hart (1830-1908) joins Gould.
1861 A Monograph of the Trochilidae, or Family of Humming-birds completed.
1873 The Birds of Great Britain completed.
1881 John Gould dies. Following his death, Dr. Bowlder-Sharp supervised the completion of Gould's works.
1883 The Birds of Asia completed.
1887 The Birds of Australia, Supplement.
A Monograph of the Trochilidae, Supplement.
1888 The Birds of New Guinea and the adjacent Papuan Islands completed.