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Biographical entry Dietrich, Koncordie Amalie (1821 - 1891)

Born
26 May 1821
Siebenlehn, Saxony, Germany
Died
9 March 1891
Rendsburg, Germany
Occupation
Botanist and Naturalist

Summary

Koncordie Amalie Dietrich was a German botanist who spent ten years in Queensland (1863-1973) collecting botanical and animal specimens for the Godeffroy Museum in Hamburg. She is commemorated by several species including the wasp Nortonia amaliae and the wattle Acacia dietrichiana. Dietrich was an avid and thorough collector who found many new species, many of which are housed in the National herbarium of Victoria, the Queensland Herbarium and the Zoologisches Institute und Zoologisches Museum in Hamberg Germany.

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

  • Bischoff, C., The Hard Road, the Life Story of Amalie Dietrich, Naturalist, 1821-1891, by her Daughter., Martin Hopkinson, London, 1931. Details
  • Luettge, Ulrich, Amalie Dietrich (1821-1891): German Biologist in Australia, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Stuttgart, 1988, 50 pp. Details
  • Rider, Sue, The matilda women, Playlab Press, Brisbane, 1993, 118 pp. Details
  • Sumner, Ray, A Woman in the Wilderness: the Story of Amalie Dietrich in Australia, University of New South Wales Press, Sydney, 1993, 162 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Gilbert, L. A., 'Dietrich, Amalie (1821-1891), naturalist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 4, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1972, p. 73. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040068b.htm. Details
  • Sumner, Ray, 'Amalie Dietrich and the Taipan', in Johannes H. Voigt (ed.), New Beginnings: The Germans in New South Wales and Queensland: A Commemorative Volume, Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, Stuttgart, 1983, pp. 262-268. Details
  • Sumner, Ray, 'Amalie Dietrich', in David Walker and Jurgen Tampke (eds), From Berlin to the Burdekin: The German Contribution to the Development of Australian Science, Exploration and the Arts, New South Wales University Press, Sydney, 1991, pp. 54-66. Details

Edited Books

  • McKay, Judith (ed.), Brilliant Careers: Women Collectors and Illustrators in Queensland, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 1997, 80 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Lowie, R. H., 'Amalie Dietrich', Australian Zoologist, vol. 14, no. 3, 1968, pp. 236-245. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Queensland Botanists', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. xii, 1909, pp. 373-383. Details
  • Mulac-Teichmann, G., 'Tribute to the Naturalist, Amalie Dietrich', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 81, no. 1, 1964, pp. 8-12. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.