Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Norwood in South Australia on 18 November 1856; died on 10 September 1902 in Adelaide.
He was educated at St. Peter's College, Adelaide, SA.
Winnecke entered the Government Survey Office in Adelaide in 1873 under Surveyor-General George Goyder.
He first accompanied the North Eastern Exploring Expedition to survey the border between South Australia and Queensland in 1877, and travelled again through northern South Australia in September 1884.
A decade later, he led the Horn Expedition to Central Australia from May to August 1894, a scientific exploration of the regions geology, zoology, botany and Indigenous people. They followed the Finke River as far as the James Range towards the now Tempe Downs Station and Kings Creek Station.
The expedition included Baldwin Spencer, Edward Charles Stirling, Ralph Tate and J. A. Watt and drew on the expertise of Afghan cameleers and Aboriginal guides. It resulted in the publication of the Report on the work of the Horn Scientific Expedition to Central Australia in four volumes from 1896 to 1897.
Winnecke's reputation has been tarnished because the expedition was responsible for the theft of a major repository of Aboriginal sacred objects in Central Australia.
Reference: 'List of Plants Collected by C. Winnecke', Trans. Roy. Soc. Sth. Aust., Vol.8, 1886, p.160.
Source: Extracted from:
'Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturists ...' By Ray Desmond, Christine Ellwood (1994)
Portrait Photo: https://www.wikidata.org/wiki/Q43644654.
Data from 156 specimens