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Biographical entry Schomburgk, Moritz Richard (1811 - 1891)

5 October 1811
Freyburg, Saxony, Germany
24 March 1891
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Moritz Schomburgk was Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 1865-1891.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium

  • Moritz Richard Schomburgk - Records, 1844 - 1976, P4-2; Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Payne, Pauline, The Diplomatic Gardener: Richard Schomburgk, Explorer and Botanic Garden Director, Jephcott Press, North Adelaide, 2007, 201 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Dalziell, Rosamund, '"Botanical Autobiography and Vegetable Wonders": Richard Schomburgk's Botanical Reminiscences of British Guiana', in McDougall, Russell (ed.), To the Islands: Australia and the Caribbean, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 2002, pp. 69-78. Details
  • Middelmann, Raoul F., 'Schomburgk, Moritz Richard (1811-1891), botanist', in Bede Nairn (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 6, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1976, pp. 91-92. Also available at Details
  • Payne, Pauline, 'Richard Moritz Schomburgk. Second Director of the Adelaide Botanic Garden 1865-91', in Harmstorf, Ian (ed.), The German Experience of Australia 1833-1938, Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, Bedford Park, South Australia, 1988. Details
  • Payne, Pauline, 'Science at the Periphery: Dr. Schomburgk's Garden', in Roy MacLeod and Philip F. Rehbock (eds), Darwin's Laboratory: Evolutionary Theory and Natural History in the Pacific, University of Hawaii Press, Honolulu, 1994, pp. 239-259. Details
  • Payne, Pauline, 'Richard Schomburgk: explorer, natural scientist, and Botanic Garden Director', in Monteath, Peter (ed.), Germans: travellers, settlers and their escendants in South Australia, Wakefield Press, Kent Town, S.A., 2011, pp. 126-43. Details

Journal Articles

  • Kloot, P. M., 'Dr. Richard Schomburgk's 'Naturalised Weeds' (1879)', Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, vol. 2, no. 2, 1980, pp. 195-220. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'A Century of Botanical Endeavour in South Australia', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. xi, 1907, pp. 158-199. Details
  • Schwarz, Anja, 'Schomburgk's chook: the entangled South Australian collections of a German naturalist', Postcolonial studies, vol. 21, no. 1, 2-18, pp. 20-34. Details
  • Weigl, Engelhard, 'Acclimatisation: the Schomburgk brothers in Australia', International review of Humboldtian studies, vol. 4, no. 7, 2003, pp. 3-13. Details


  • Maroske, Sara, review of The diplomatic gardener: Richard Schomburgk, explorer and botanic gardens director, Australian Garden History, vol. 19, no. 4, 2008, pp. 17-9. Details
  • McKinnon, Ross, review of The diplomatic gardener: Richard Schomburgk, explorer and botanic gardens director, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 19, no. 2, 2008, pp. 225-6. Details
  • Short, Philip, review of Richard Schomburgk: Explorer and Botanic Garden Director, Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 135, pp. 36-8. Details


  • Payne, Pauline, 'Dr Richard Schomburgk and Adelaide Botanic Garden 1865-91', Thesis, University of Adelaide, 1992. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.