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Biographical entry Burton, David (? - 1792)

13 April 1792
Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Botanist and Surveyor


David Burton arrived in Port Jackson in 1791 on the H.M.S. Gorgon as superintendent of convicts. He was immediately sent to Parramatta to survey allotments. Burton had also been privately commissioned by Joseph Banks to collect seeds and botanical specimens for him.



Taxonomy event - Collected the type Eucalyptus paniculata Sm.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

Powerhouse Museum

  • Joseph Banks - Records, 1766 - 1820, ML MSS 2144; Powerhouse Museum. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Gray, A. J., 'Burton, David (d. 1792), botanist, surveyor and professional gardener', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 183-184. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Australian Botanists - (a) General, (b) New South Wales', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. xlii, 1908, pp. 60-132. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J., Moje, C. & Walsh, N.