Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born on 1 July 1952 in Mareeba, north Queensland;
Secondary education: Canberra Grammar School, ACT
University of Queensland, BSc Hons.
University of Sydney, PhD .
David is an Australian botanist and plant taxonomist who worked as a scientific executive officer and botanist at the National Herbarium of New South Wales. He is notable for his revisions of the genus Xanthorrhoea as well as many new species such as Xanthorrhoea acanthostachya.
From an early age he had an interested in Australian flora and fauna which lead to him studing both botany and zoology at the main St Lucia campus of The University of Queensland (UQ). After obtaining his BSc Honours (1st Class) he relocated to Sydney and gained his PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) at the School of Biological Sciences, University of Sydney.
In the 1990s, David relocated with his family to Hobart, Tasmania, where he took on the role of Director for the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens (RTBG), a position he held for six years.
David states: "As well as my passion for nature, plants and botanic gardens, during my life I have enjoyed learning skills as a photographer, woodworker (furniture designer/maker) and woodturner. I also have a strong interest in Australiana (researching, preserving and collecting Australia's heritage) and I am currently writing articles for the Australiana Society journal Australiana."
Source: https://peoplepill.com/people/david-john-bedford (2021)
Portrait Photo: 2021, from Aust Garden History, Vol.33, No.3. Jan 2021
Data from 669 specimens