A trained gardener and nurseryman, Fitzalan came to Victoria in 1849, moving to Queensland in 1859. He was botanical collector on Lieutenant J.W.Smith's 1860 expedition to the north-eastern coast, which resulted in the establishment of Bowen. Fitzalan collected 130 specimens on this expedition. He later settled at Bowen, moving to Cairns in 1887. He sent material to Mueller over many years, and many of his collections are cited by Bentham. His herbarium is in MEL.
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]