Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born 1925, Artarmon (Sydney) NSW. Died at Port Macquarie, NSW, on 8 February 2009.
Became interested in entomology when young. Post-WWII transferred interest to botany while studying for an Agricultural Science degree at University of New England. Subsequently lived in Sydney and botanised around Sydney and the Blue Mountains.
1956 joined CSIRO Division of Land Research and Regional Survey as a botanical collector on Papua and New Guinea land surveys. Collected there 1956-1972, i.e. until PNG independence.
Transferred to CSIRO PI Herbarium as Assistant Curator to Nancy Burbidge.
Then became CSIRO Plant Introduction and Quarantine Officer, based at PI.
1986 retired from CSIRO.
1990 left Canberra, moved to Port Macquarie NSW.
Port Macquarie Newspaper obituary February 2009 PDF
PAPUA NEW GUINEA COLLECTIONS
1956: Central/Western Highlands (including Mt Wilhelm)
1957: Central/Western Highlands (southern Mt Wilhelm massif)
1958: Lower Ramu River - Atitau
1959: Wewak, Sepik River, Prince Albert Range
[1960: no NG trip]
1961 (26/06-23/09): Southern Highlands (Wabag, Tari)
1962 (1/07-6/10): Port Moresby, Kairuku
1963 (25/06-11/09): Western Highlands (Kubor Range); leader of joint CSIRO-Rijksherbarium expedition.
1964: Northern District (Managalase) AND...
1964: Eastern Madang District, Finisterre Range (joint British Museum-University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne expedition)
[1965: no NG trip]
1966: Gulf District
1967 (April-May): Port Moresby AND...
1967 (July-?): Western District (Fly River)
[1968: no NG trip]
1969: Owen Stanley Range, Popondetta, Mt Lamington
[1970: attended ANZAAS conference in Port Moresby then was post-conference tour guide to Lae, Bulolo, Minj, Banz, Nondugel, Mount Hagen, Baiyer River, Goroka; collections?]
[1971: no NG trip]
1972 (June-July): East Papua (Mount Suckling)
SOME OTHER COLLECTIONS
1965: Barrington Tops, NSW
1973: South Coast, NSW
1974: NT (joint expedition with University of Sydney and NSW Royal Botanic Gardens)
1974: south-west WA (with T. Orchard of Auckland Museum)
1975: Glycine collections, especially in south-eastern NSW
1986- (i.e. post-retirement): targeted Australian collections of Desmodium.
Source: Pers Com : Kim Pullen, June 2008