John Dallachy (1804–71): from gardener to botanical collector

Dowe, John, and Maroske, Sara (2020) John Dallachy (1804–71): from gardener to botanical collector. Historical Records of Australian Science, 31 (2). pp. 87-100.

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The citation ‘Rockingham Bay, J. Dallachy’ is prominent in late nineteenth-century taxonomic publications associated with the flora of tropical Queensland. John Dallachy (1804–71) was employed as a botanical collector by the Melbourne Botanic Garden under the directorship of Baron Ferdinand von Mueller. Between 1864 and 1871, Dallachy resided in the Rockingham Bay area where he collected ,3500 botanical specimens of which ,400 were described as new taxa of flowering plants, ferns, fungi and bryophytes, making him Mueller’s most prolific collector of type specimens, apart from Mueller himself. In this, the first of two articles about Dallachy, we outline the origin, and development of this successful botanical collaboration, identifying the experiences and qualities that prompted Dallachy to become a botanical collector, the friendship that formed between Mueller and Dallachy in the face of Dallachy’s reversal of fortunes at the Melbourne Botanic Garden, and the circumstances that led to Dallachy and Mueller’s shared project to investigate the botanical riches of the floristically diverse Wet Tropics Bioregion

Item ID: 66254
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1448-5508
Copyright Information: Journal compilation © Australian Academy of Science 2020
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 06:39
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3104 Evolutionary biology > 310411 Plant and fungus systematics and taxonomy @ 50%
43 HISTORY, HERITAGE AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 4303 Historical studies > 430302 Australian history @ 50%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 50%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280113 Expanding knowledge in history, heritage and archaeology @ 50%
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