Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Qld, 3 August 1863; died Wahroonga, NSW, 5 December 1943
One of nine children, to a businessman Frederick Georg Bauer (1824-1890) and Ann Rebecca nee Pearson (1830-1924). Frederick Bauer was an ironmonger and shipping agent in Geelong, Vic., before moving his family to the Pimpama River, Qld, in 1862, to establish the Victorian Cotton Company. The family switched to sugar production in 1864, and established the Vilele Sugar Plantation on the Bloomfield River in 1882. This enterprise, too, was unsuccessful and eventually wound up in 1894.
Ellie collected (numbered) MEL specimens (including algae) at the mouth of the Bloomfield River, 1884-1886; Mackay, 1884; and Cooktown, 1887. She collected the type of Harpullia divaricata Radlk. (1891). Jacob Agardh identified Ellie's algal specimens for Mueller. There are also Ellie Bauer specimens at FI and G, presumably forwarded to Europe by Mueller. He also gave her a copy of his Select extra-tropical plants (1885).
In 1888, Ellie married Ernest Henry Beales Claydon (c.1863-1930), head survey draftsman for the Kuranda Railway.
Ellie collected one MEL specimen (as 'Mrs E. Claydon') at Port Douglas, 1890. Her friend GRACE ADELAIDE ALLEN also collected a MEL specimen.
Ellie and her husband had one child in Qld and then moved to NSW where they had another ten. Ellie's husband became Canon at St Andrew's Cathedral, Sydney, in 1918.
In 1943, Ellie died at Wahroonga in her 80th year.
Four letters from Ellie to Mueller survive.
Source: Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison (2014) 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant
collectors: a biographical register', Muelleria Vol.32 [consult for source references]
Portrait Photo: as Mrs Claydon, from Apendix 1, Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison (2014) 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant collectors: a biographical register', Muelleria Vol.32