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Biographical entry Cunningham, Allan (1791 - 1839)

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Born
13 July 1791
Wimbledon, Surrey, England
Died
27 June 1839
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Botanist and Explorer

Summary

Allan Cunningham was sent by Joseph Banks to New South Wales in 1816 to collect plants on John Oxley's expedition to the Lachlan and Macquarie rivers in 1817. He was botanist on the "Mermaid" 1817-1820 and made inland explorations of New South Wales. He collected and described many more Eucalyptus species and other plant genera than listed here.

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1817
Taxonomy event - Collector of the type Eucalyptus acmenoides Schau.
1843
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus melliodora A.Cunn. ex Schau.
1843
Taxonomy event - Collector of the type Eucalyptus oligantha Schau.
1843
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus coriacea A.Cunn. ex Schau. (= Eucalyptus pauciflora Sieb. ex Spreng. (1827))
1843
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus clavigera A.Cunn. ex Schau.
1848
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus bicolor A. Cunn. Ex Hook. (= Eucalyptus largiflorens F. Muell. (1855))
1867
Taxonomy event - Collector of the type Eucalyptus cinerea F. Muell. ex Benth.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

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

  • Allan Cunningham - Records, 1827 - 1832, D79; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Allan Cunningham - Records, 1828 - 1830, ML MSS 1374; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Allan Cunningham - Records, 1819 - 1822, FM 4/3104; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Allan Cunningham - Records, 1814 - 1839, FM 4/3101; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Allan Cunningham - Records, P2/C; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Ida Louisa Lee - Records, 1919 - 1937, ML MSS 337; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1792 - 1870, FM 4/2699; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Allan Cunningham - Records, 1819, MS 4169; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Allan Cunningham - Records, 1814 - 1939, M692; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Curry, Suzanne; Maslin, Bruce; Maslin, John, Allan Cunningham: Australian Collecting Localities, Australian Biological Resources Study, Canberra, 2002, 90 pp. Details
  • Lee, Ida, Early Explorers in Australia, Methuen, London, 1925, 167-426 pp. Details
  • Willis, J.H., Botanical Pioneers in Victoria, Victorian Naturalist, vol. 66, [Brown Pier Anderson], [Melbourne], 1949, 19 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Lucas, A. M., 'Allan Cunningham, 1791-1839', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details
  • Perry, T. M., 'Cunningham, Allan (1791-1839), botanist and explorer', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 1, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1966, pp. 265-267. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A010255b.htm. Details

Conference Papers

  • Curry, Suzanne; Maslin, Bruce, 'Cunningham's Collecting Localities While Botanist on Lieutenant Phillip Parker King's Survey of Coastal Australia, December 1817 to April 1822', in Short, P.S. (ed.), History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988, Australian Systematic Botany Society, Melbourne, 1990, pp. 137-148. Details

Journal Articles

  • Andrews, Alan E. J., 'Allan Cunningham and the Shy Ladies at Caley's Repulse', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 71, no. 2, 1985, pp. 143-150. Details
  • Branagan, David F., 'The Russian Expedition's Sydney Visit in 1820 and Some Forgotten Blue Mountains Names', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 143, no. 1/2, 2010, pp. 1-28. Details
  • Dalton, W., 'Allan Cunningham', Journal of Scone & Upper Hunter Historical Society, 1959, pp. 1-22. Details
  • Froggatt, Walter W., 'The Curators and Botanists of the Botanic Gardens, Sydney.', Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. xviii, III, 1932, pp. 101-133. Details
  • Hamilton, R.C., 'Allan Cunningham - with Special Reference to His Work in What is Now Queensland', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. xivi, vi, 1960, pp. 323-342. Details
  • Hewart, R., 'Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham, Esq., London. Reprinted from Journal of Botany, for Private Distribution, 1842.', 1842. Details
  • 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
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Queensland Botanists', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. xii, 1909, pp. 373-383. Details
  • Maiden, J.H. and Cambage, R.H., 'Botanical, Topographical and Geological Notes on Some Routes of Allan Cunningham', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. xliii, 1909, pp. 123-138. Details

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See also

  • 'List of eucalypts published under author abbreviation search ‘% A.Cunn.%’ (include wildcards) and genus ‘Eucalyptus’', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni. Details
  • Endersby, Jim, 'A Garden Enclosed: Botanical Barter in Sydney, 1818-38', British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 33, 2000, pp. 313-334. Details

Digital resources

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

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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

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

Details

Title
Eucalyptus acmenoides Schauer (1843), White Mahogany, detail of bark
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

Title
Eucalyptus acmenoides Schauer (1843), White Mahogany
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Walsh, N.