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Biographical entry Ross, Andrew Hendry (1829 - 1910)

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    Eucalyptus melliodora A.Cunn. ex Schauer (1843), Yellow Box, 23 January 2013
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Born
1 August 1829
Carbello, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died
29 January 1910
Surry Hills, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Chemical analyst, Physician and Botanist

Summary

Andrew Hendry Ross, a politician from Molong, New South Wales, also acted as district coroner, government medical adviser, medical officer and public vaccinator. He contributed to Ferdinand von Mueller's Eucalyptographia (1879-1884) on the medicinal value of eucalyptus foliage.

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Born Carbello, Muirkirk, Ayrshire, Scotland, 1829. Died Surry Hills, 29 January 1910. Educated University of Glasgow (MD, ChM 1852). Practice, Muirkirk and London, assistant medical officer, West London, assistant sanitary inspector, City of London, assistant surgeon, 68th Cambridgeshire Militia, arrived Sydney 1857 as medical officer of an immigrant ship, practice in Molong, registrar for births, deaths and marriages from 1857, coroner, government medical adviser, medical officer and public vaccinator for much of the 1860s and 1870s, Member for Molong in the Legislative Assembly 1880-1904, founded the Molong Argus 1893, but soon sold it. Contributed many articles to the New South Wales Medical Gazette, and his 1882 paper, "On the Influence of the Australian Climates and Pastures upon the growth of Wool" won a prize of £25 from the Royal Society of New South Wales.

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Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • H. Parkes - Records, A925; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Molong Historical Society Inc.

  • Andrew Ross - Records; Molong Historical Society Inc. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Andrew Ross - Records, 1872 - 1904, MS 266; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Records New South Wales, Sydney Reading Room

  • Andrew Ross - Records; State Records New South Wales, Sydney Reading Room. Details

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Title
Eucalyptus melliodora A.Cunn. ex Schauer (1843), Yellow Box
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne
Note
In 1864, Ross observed the use of the leaves of this tree as a wound healing agent. The wife of an Aboriginal with a gaping abdominal spear wound steeped the leaves in hot water and applied them to the wound several times a day. 'The wound closed in six days', wrote Ferdinand von Mueller in his 'Eucalyptographia' (v.Mueller, 1874, p.462)

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Title
Eucalyptus melliodora A.Cunn. ex Schauer (1843), Yellow Box
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Moje, C.