Browse Entries

Use Trove to find more resources by/about this Biographical entry

  • Trove


  • The Study of Australian Eucalypts

Biographical entry Morton, William Lockhart (1820 - 1898)

19 December 1820
Cambusnethan, Lanark, Scotland
10 March 1898
Belair, South Australia, Australia
Explorer and Inventor


William Morton was an inventor, explorer and botanical collector. He collected in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland between approximately 1859 and 1880. The last of his specimens were received by the Queensland Herbarium in 1885, but he also sent specimens to the Melbourne Herbarium and several are cited by Mueller and Bentham in their writings. Morton was an early member of the Philosophical Institute of Victoria and later the Royal Society of Victoria. As an inventor, his most enduring contributions were the sheep-dip and the swing-gate.



Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus bosistoana F. Muell. Morton collected a syntype

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Maiden, J.H., Records of Victorian Botanists, Victorian Naturalist, vol. 25, Melbourne, 1908, 101-117 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Hone, J. Ann, 'Morton, William Lockhart (1820-1898), pastoralist, explorer and inventor', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, pp. 302-303. Also available at Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Science and the making of Victoria, with Royal Society of Victoria, 2001, Details
  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.