Born at Cattle Chosen, Vasse (Busselton), WA., on 28 December 1842, and died, as the result of a buggy accident, at Albany on 16 August 1900.
With a brother and Peter Belches in 1866 he explored land in the Lake Lefroy region (c. 80 kns south of Kalgoorlie and north of Esperance). He then leased Messrs A. & G. Moir’s sheep station on the Oldfield River, which flows into the Great Australian Bight west of Esperance, subsequently buying it in 1870. Later, in 1875, he leased a large area east of Esperance and established his home at Thomas River, where he collected the type of Eucalyptus sepulcralis.Source: Extracted from: Hall, N. (1978) Botanists of the eucalypts. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Melbourne