Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Altona, Germany, on 12 December 1842, died in Sydney, New South Wales, on 17 July 1914.
First arrived in Australia in 1858, subsequently living in New South
Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and New Zealand, variously employed
as a dentist, watchmaker, museum curator, collector, entomologist, fruit
inspector and bacteriologist. As well as plants he formed extensive collections
of beetles, butterflies and shells.
He participated in a major collecting expedition to Mt Kosciuszko in 1888, visiting there again in 1893 and 1901, and was naturalist on the Elder Exploring Expedition to central Australia, May 1891-June 1892. The majority of the Elder Exploring Expedition specimens are now in AD, but some can also be found in A, C, CANB, G, K, M, MANCH, MEL, MO, NSW and OXF.
Source: 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]
Portrait Photo: Maiden, J.H. (1921) Records of Australian Botanists, J. Proc. Roy. Soc. NSW, Vol. LV, Plate IX
'Misleading labels: the case of Richard Helms and the Elder Exploring Expedition'
by A.M. Lucasa and R.W. Home
Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter 174 (March 2018) p.14-18
( https://asbs.org.au/newsletter/pdf/18-march-174.pdf )
Data from 9,214 specimens