Born in London, England, on 12 January 1821, and died there on 22 May 1887.
Collected in Tasmania, probably in about 1858, particularly in the Huon Valley and on the mountains. Visited Twofold Bay in New South Wales. Walked from Sydney to Melbourne in the late 1840s. Major collections were made in Western Australia in the coastal strip from Murchison River to King George Sound, and across the Nullarbor Plain towards Adelaide. His main herbarium is now in MEL, sent by him to Mueller. Substantial numbers of specimens are also in K, donated by his brother after his death, and in W. A few duplicates are in B, BR, CANB, CGE, E, MANCH, OXF, S, SAM and US.
M Helen Henderson (2005), ‘Introduction’, Augustus Oldfield, On the Aborigines of Australia, reprint, originally published in the Transactions of the Ethnological Society of London, n.s., vol. 3, 1865, pp. 215-298, Aboriginal Studies Series No. 23, Hesperian Press, Victoria Park, Western Australia, p. v.
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], birth date corrected by Helen Henderson, pers com, July 2008.