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This web site is based on the list published by J.H. Willis, D. Pearson, M.T. Davis, and J.W. Green, Western Australian Herbarium Research Notes Number 12, August 1986. That original list has been supplemented by additional entries and some updates of dates, especially where people have died since that publication. It has been further supplemented with information from Alex George's 2009 publication Australian Botanist's Companion, published by Four Gables Press, WA. Many female entries with the words "Collected for Mueller in . . ." have come from the paper: 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant collectors: a biographical register' by Sara Maroske and Alison Vaughan (2014), Muelleria, Vol.32.

During the 1980s botanists around Australia and overseas were subjected to surveys from two different areas, (1) from Willis et al for the published list that formed the basis of this website, and (2) from the editors of the Flora of Australia project who foreshadowed a published volume of biographical information (probably similar to the volumes associated with the Flora Malesiana project), which also asked for a portrait photo of each contributor. This publication never eventuated, but supplied photos and information have been used on this website.

Links to biographical notes and portraits have been added for many entries.

It attempts to list all significant collectors or illustrators likely to be encountered in Australian herbaria and the relevant scientific literature.

Some biographies include abbreviated codes for the herbaria where the collector's plant specimens were lodged (e.g. FI, MEL, NSW, PERTH). These abbreviations follow Index Herbariorum, which can be consulted for more detail.

Surnames (Family names) starting with:


The introduction to the original list published by Willis et al. is reproduced here: Introduction (1986)

I would like to thank Neville Marchant, Director of the Western Australian Herbarium which published the original list, for his support and permission to base this web site on the data within that publication. I also thank Tony Orchard, Director of ABRS Botany Section, for allowing me to use many of his biographical notes from Flora of Australia Vol.1 2nd ed as the basis for many of the links. I would also like to thank Margaret Boots, an ANBG volunteer, for her huge effort in scanning and OCR-processing much of the historical literature.

— Murray Fagg

For some collectors and illustrators we have more detailed biographical notes.

Please send updates, corrections and additions to: Webmaster ( )

Other useful resources:

Australian Dictionary of Biography
Encyclopedia of Australian Science
NSW Herbarium collectors database
Index Herbariorum


Last updated on 23 August, 2017 by Webmaster ( )