Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Trained as a surveyor, and worked for the Departments of Lands and Mines. Keenly interested in botany, he collaborated with Baker, Maiden, Woolls, and others in studies of Acacia and Eucalyptus. He travelled widely throughout New South Wales as a field surveyor, collecting extensively. His collections are in SYD, with duplicates elsewhere, including A, CANB, DBN, L, NSW and S.
Source: Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic
Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed.,
ABRS. [consult for source references]
Portrait Photo: Hall (1978) Botanists of the Eucalypts, p.33
Surveyor with State Dept of Mines 1885, becoming Chief Mining Surveyor 1902, Under-Secretary of Mines 1916, retiring 7 Nov. 1924; lecturer at Sydney Technical College 1909-1915. Involved with many societies; FLS 1904; president, Roy. Soc. NSW, 1912, 1923, and of Linn. Soc. NSW 1926-28; CBE 1925.
Collaborated with J .H. Maiden, H.Deane, R.T.Baker and E.Cheel; also collected for W.Woolls in 1880s. Made major contributions in Acacia, Eucalyptus.
Collected widely in NSW, e.g. Braidwood 1888, Gundagai 1890, Middle Harbour July 1897, near Como 1897, Cobar c. 1899, Condobolin 1899, Orange 1899, Bogan River 1899, Mt Hope Aug. 1899, Mt Canobolas Dec. 1899, Pigeon House 1899, Miton 1899, Kogarah 1899, Cowra 1899, Grenfell 1900, Thirlmere 1900, W Dapto 1901, Merewether Hills Oct. 1901, Pokolbin Apr. 1906; also at Port Augusta, SA, Oct. 1895; Mt Roland, Tas., Feb. 1911.
Commemorated in Acacia, Eucalyptus.
Specimens at BRl, E, K, SW, PERTH, SYD.
Source: George, A.S. (2009) Australian Botanist's Companion, Four Gables Press, WA. [consult for source references]