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Biographical entry Guilfoyle, William Robert (1840 - 1912)

Born
8 December 1840
Chelsea, England
Died
25 June 1912
East Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

William Robert Guilfoyle was curator of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne from 1873 to 1909. During his time as curator, he oversaw the expansion of the garden's parameters and the conversion of swamps to lakes. He was a successor to Ferdinand von Mueller in this role. Before taking up this position he designed numerous public, domestic and homestead gardens mainly in Victoria, and also accompanied Commodore Lambert to the South Sea Islands (1868). He also authored several text books on botany.

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Events

1868
Career position - Botanical Collector for Commodore Lambert to the South Sea Islands H.M.S. Challenger
1873 - 1909
Career position - Curator of the Royal Botanical Gardens, Melbourne
1911
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus guilfoylei Maiden was named in his honour

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • William Robert Guilfoyle - Records, 1871 - 1909; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Fox, Paul, Clearings: Six Colonial Gardeners and Their Landscapes, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2004, 269 pp. Details
  • Pescott, R. T. M., W. R. Guilfoyle, 1840-1912 : the master of landscaping, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1974, 153 pp. Details
  • Pescott, R. T. M., W. R. Guilfoyle 1840-1912: the master of landscaping, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 1974, 153 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Gross, Alan, 'Guilfoyle, William Robert (1840-1912), landscape gardener and botanist', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 4, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1972, pp. 307-308. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A040348b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Australian Botanists', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. lv, 1921, pp. 60-132; 150-169. Details
  • Watson, Darren, 'William Guifoyle and Staff Discipline in the Botanic Gardens', Victorian Historical Journal, vol. 67, no. 1, 1996, pp. 128-139. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.