Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Henry George Simmons was the son of Richard J. Simmons, who was Curator of the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens from 1902 to 1931.
He was employed at the Rockhampton Botanic Gardens before and after service in the first AIF in the First World War.
He worked as Deputy Curator from 1921, and then as Curator from January 1932 to June 1957.
He was a keen naturalist with an extensive knowledge of Central Queensland flora. Specimens from early collections are held in the Queensland Herbarium, together with material collected from Blackdown Tableland during an expedition in 1937 of which he was a member.
He successfully propagated native plants for cultivation in the Gardens, and shared his knowledge and enthusiasm with others, including members of the Rockhampton Naturalists' Club.
His co-operation with visiting scientists and naturalists was mutually beneficial. They included botanists D.A. Herbert, C.T. White and S.T. Blake (Brisbane), and C.J. Chamberlain (Chicago), entomologist R.J. Tillyard, and many others.
Source: Extracted from: Queensland Naturalist 44: 1-3, p.58
Portrait Photo: from above.
Data from 131 specimens