Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born 10 November 1918 in The Hague, Netherlands; arrived in Australia in 1949; died 20 February 2013.
Arthur was a keen collector of bryophytes (particularly mosses), and gathered 994 specimens from eastern Australia and Lord Howe Island. These are lodged in the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL), where he was an honorary associate from 1991 until 2004 working on the bryophyte collections. Arthur was also an active member of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria from 1978, serving on the Council and contributing to The Victorian Naturalist. Of particular note are his two papers on the mosses of Lord Howe Island listed below.
Thies, A.W. (2000). Moss Collections from Lord Howe Island in the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL). Victorian Naturalist 117: 110–113.
Milne, J. and Thies, A.W. (2001). Addendum to ‘Moss Collections from Lord Howe Island in the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL)’. Victorian Naturalist 118(3): 89–92.
Sources: G.Presland, Tribute: Arthur Wolfgang Thies, The Victorian Naturalist 130(2): 86 (2013).
Photograph courtesy of Archives, Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne.