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Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH)

Introduction

The Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria (CHAH) comprises those administratively responsible for the major Australian and New Zealand Herbaria with the aim of promoting all matters of interest to herbaria in Australasia and to increase cooperation and understanding between herbaria. Its operations are governed by a Constitution and a Statement of Objectives.

CHAH is incorporated in the A.C.T. and is a registered business ABN 31 496 409 479.

Business address:      (Association No. A04433, Incorporated 30/5/2006)

c/- Australian National Herbarium
CSIRO
GPO Box 1600
Canberra ACT 2601

Membership

Membership of CHAH consists of the heads of:

Australia

and
a Council Member representing the constituent collections of the National Collection of Fungi (including BRIP, DAR and VPRI) and a representative of the Australian University Herbaria.

New Zealand

Contact list (Word doc) for Australian members, June 2007.

Australian and New Zealand Herbaria

The contact details and holdings of Australia's 28 major herbaria are listed on the web site Resources of Australian Herbaria, based on the 1999 publication by Kirsten Cowley and Judy West with statistics updated periodically.

The contact details and holdings of New Zealand ’s herbaria are listed on the website http://www.nzherbaria.org.nz/.

Meetings

The Council meets annually, the host institution rotating among the capital cities in the following order:

CANB, BRI, MEL, PERTH, AD, NSW, DNA, HO, CNS, CHR, WELT and AK.

The business of CHAH is governed by a constitution. Most matters are resolved by consensus.

Barbara Briggs has outlined her recollections of the early history of CHAH meetings in the 1970s.

Observers

CHAH invites observers from kindred organizations to its meetings. At present there are observers from:

Subcommittees, working groups, and projects

From time to time CHAH establishes subcommittees and/or working groups from among its member institutions to attend to and report on particular issues.

Reports and documents

CHAH has produced a number of reports that are of interest to the herbarium and botanical community:

CHAH Participants

Queensland Herbarium, Brisbane (BRI)

http://www.epa.qld.gov.au/herbarium

Gordon Guymer

Australian National Herbarium, Canberra (CANB)

http://www.anbg.gov.au/cpbr/

Andrew Young

Australian Tropical Herbarium (CNS)

http://www.ath.org.au/

Darren Crayn

Herbarium of the Northern Territory, Darwin (DNA)

http://www.nt.gov.au/nreta/wildlife/plants_herbarium/index.html

Donna Lewis

Tasmanian Herbarium, Hobart (HO)

http://www.tmag.tas.gov.au/Herbarium/Herbarium2.htm

Gintaras Kantvilas

National Herbarium of Victoria, Melbourne (MEL)

http://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/science/information-and-resources/national-herbarium-of-victoria

David Cantrill

National Herbarium of New South Wales, Sydney (NSW)

http://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/conservation_research/systematics_research

Brett Summerell

Western Australian Herbarium, Perth (PERTH)

http://dpaw.wa.gov.au/plants-and-animals/wa-herbarium

Kevin Thiele

Allan Herbarium, Christchurch, NZ (CHR)

http://www.landcareresearch.co.nz/databases/db_details.asp?Database_Collection_ID=1

Ilse Breitwieser

Te Papa Herbaria, Wellington, NZ (WELT)

http://www.tepapa.govt.nz/Tepapa/

Patrick Brownsey

Auckland Museum, NZ (AK)

http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/

Ewen Cameron

Herbaria within Australian Universities

 

Murray Henwood

Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra (ABRS)

http://www.environment.gov.au/topics/science-and-research/australian-biological-resources-study

Michael Preece