Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born ?1840; died Ivanhoe, near Hay, NSW, 30 June1891
Mr. Bennett was engaged in pastoral pursuits, and was a nephew of the better known Hon W.A. Brodribb, M.L.C. He was an educated bush naturalist, whose tastes lay chiefly in making observations on the habits of birds. See Proc. Linn. Soc. N.S. W., xvi., 707 (1891). He also made many observations on our native plants, and published notes on Myoporum platycarum, a resin-producing tree of the interior of New South Wales " (Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vii., 349); Exhibition of specimens of Spinifex, (viii., 180); Notes on the method of obtaining water from Eucalyptus roots, as practised by the natives of the country between the Lachlan and Darling Rivers, (viii., 213) "Remarks on the decay of certain species of Eucalypti," (x., 453).
He made botanical collections for me in 1886 and 1887, and I can testify as to the accuracy of his observations on plants. For the last few years of his life he lived at Ivanhoe, ? Hay, and when he died, 30th June, 1891, I should say he was from 50-55 years of age.
Source: Maiden, J.H. (1908) Records of Australian botanists- (a) General, (b) New South Wales. Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales for 1908. 42:60-132
Ornithologist. Collected plants in NSW for Maiden, e.g. Lachlan R.1883, '86; Murrumbidgee R. 1885-89 while living at Mossgiel, & probably for Mueller (note by Willis at MEL under G.Tucker); later lived & collected at Ivanhoe. FLS 1887. Wrote papers on birds & plants. Specimens at BRI, MEL (initials given as A./A.K.), NSW.
Source: George, A.S. (2009) Australian Botanist's Companion, Four Gables Press, WA. [consult for source references]