Resident in Tasmania from 1890-1926, thereafter in Victoria and (briefly) in Sydney, New South Wales. Black worked at first in a printing works, spent 26 years with the Tasmanian Council of Agriculture, and finally, worked as a travelling representative for a fertiliser company in country Victoria. He was a close associate of Leonard Rodway. His collection of about 15 000 specimens (including around 6000 duplicates) was offered for sale to several herbaria, and was eventually purchased by MEL in August 1957. A few duplicates are also in HO, K and US.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS. [consult for source references]