Flowers and fungi: illustrations by Ferdinand von Mueller’s nieces.

Dowe, John, Maroske, Sara, and May, Tom (2020) Flowers and fungi: illustrations by Ferdinand von Mueller’s nieces. Australian Garden History, 32. pp. 12-15.

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[Extract:] Although Baron Ferdinand von Mueller (1825–1896) is best remembered as the Victorian government botanist (1853–96) and director of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens (1857–73), little has been published about his immediate family and their contribution to his productivity and success. The 22-year-old Mueller arrived in the Colony of South Australia on 15 December 1847 accompanied by his two surviving younger sisters, Bertha Fredericka aged about 20, and Clara Christiana Marie aged 14 years. Of the sisters, Clara took an active interest in botanical collecting. She accompanied Mueller in the field and assisted with specimen preparation. Clara married Dr Eduard Wehl in 1853. They lived first in Mt Gambier where Dr Wehl established a medical practice. In 1873 the Wehl family moved to Ehrenbreitstein, an agricultural property near Lake Bonney. Twelve of their 15 children survived into adulthood. Dr Wehl died in 1876, leaving Clara to raise eight children under the age of 14, with the youngest not quite three months old.

Item ID: 66256
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1033-3673
Date Deposited: 06 Apr 2021 06:29
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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