Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Sydney, Bill Payne started his working life as an apprentice electrician and later became an electrical engineer in the electricity supply industry.
In 1954 became interested in Australian plants when his family purchased a property at Picnic Point.
Payne was the editor of the Australian Plants journal from 1959 to 2001 and played a key role in publishing and promoting ACRA registered cultivars. He was on the ACRA Committee 1971-2002
He was made a life member of the Society for Growning Australian Plants in NSW in 1972 and was awarded the Australian Plants Award (amateur category) in 1993 for his role in promoting knowledge of Australian Plants.
He was also a founding member and active fund raiser for the Australian Flora Foundation which funds research into Australian plants.
Source: Extracted from: Australian Plants, Vol.26, No.11, June 2012
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: Australian Plants, Vol.26, No.11, June 2012