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Biographical entry Morton, William Lockhart (1820 - 1898)

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

Summary

William Lockhart 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.

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Events

1895
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus bosistoana F. Muell. Morton collected a syntype

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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

Books

  • 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 http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050347b.htm. Details

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See also

  • Science and the making of Victoria, with Royal Society of Victoria, 2001, http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/smv/index_m.html. 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.