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Biographical entry Nicholls, William Henry (1885 - 1951)

23 July 1885
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
10 March 1951
Footscray, Victoria, Australia
Horticulturalist and Orchidologist


William Nicholls worked as a bookbinder until the Depression years when he joined the Footscray City Council as a propagator and plant classifier. He travelled widely in Victoria and became an expert on native orchids.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

National Herbarium, Melbourne

  • William Henry Nicholls - Records, 1920 - 1950; National Herbarium, Melbourne. Details

Private hands (Nicholls, K.W.)

  • William Henry Nicholls - Records, 1885 - 1951; Private hands (Nicholls, K.W.). Details

Published resources


  • Willis, J. H., Botanical Pioneers in Victoria, vol. 66 ([Melbourne]: [Brown Pier Anderson], 1949), 19 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Willis, J. H., 'William Henry Nicholls', Wild life, 1951 (1951), 456-8. Details


McCarthy, G.J.