Arrived in Port Jackson, New South Wales, in April 1816 as a soldier, later being appointed first Colonial Botanist and Superintendent of the Botanic Gardens. He was a member of Oxley's 1817 (Lachlan River, Bathurst), 1818 (north-eastern New South Wales) and 1819 (Port Macquarie/Hastings River) expeditions, visited Moreton Bay in 1828 at the request of the Governor to collect plants and form a public garden, and visited the Swan River district in Western Australia in 1827 as part of Stirling's pre-settlement survey. He also visited Tasmania (1820, 1826), and New Zealand and Norfolk Island (1826). Sponsored William Baxter's expedition to Western Australia in 1828-1829. His main collection is at K, with other material at A, BM, CGE, E, MO, NSW and OXF (500 specimens).
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]