Born at Bathurst, N.S.W. about 1867 (his age when he died was given as 75) and died at Darlinghurst, a suburb of Sydney, on 22 October 1942.
He was employed as a guide at the Jenolan Caves, N.S.W. in 1885 and became Superintendent of the Caves in 1903 and remained in that position until he retired in 1932. During his time there he made many notable discoveries and was an expert on the development of caves. His advice and assistance on the development of limestone caves were sought by other States in Australia. He visited a number of caves overseas. After his retirement he gave talks and illustrated lectures on Jenolan Caves, especially around the Sydney area.
He is honoured in the name Eucalyptus wiburdii Blakely (1934), and was also collector of the type.Source: Extracted from: Hall, N. (1978) Botanists of the eucalypts. Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Melbourne