Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Arrived in Port Jackson, New South Wales, in April 1816 as a soldier, later being appointed first Colonial Botanist and Superintendent of the Botanic Gardens. He was a member of Oxley's 1817 (Lachlan River, Bathurst), 1818 (north-eastern New South Wales) and 1819 (Port Macquarie/Hastings River) expeditions, visited Moreton Bay in 1828 at the request of the Governor to collect plants and form a public garden, and visited the Swan River district in Western Australia in 1827 as part of Stirling's pre-settlement survey. He also visited Tasmania (1820, 1826), and New Zealand and Norfolk Island (1826). Sponsored William Baxter's expedition to Western Australia in 1828-1829. His main collection is at K, with other material at A, BM, CGE, E, MO, NSW and OXF (500 specimens).
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]
Born ?1788 at Blair-Atholl, Perthshire, Scotland, died 22 December 1831 at Parramatta, NSW.
Charles Frazer was the Colonial Botanist in New South Wales from 1821 to 1831 and superintendent of the Botanic Garden from 1816 until his death. He was also a field collector and catalogued hundreds of Australian native plants.
Source: Extracted from: Encyclopedia of Australian Science website: http://www.eoas.info/biogs/P000424b.htm (viewed 13/7/2014)