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Biographical entry Pescott, Edward Edgar (1872 - 1954)

11 December 1872
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
31 July 1954
Camberwell, Victoria, Australia
Naturalist and Horticulturalist


Edward Pescott, Principal Governor, School of Horticulture, Burnley, Victoria 1909-1916, and Government Pomologist, Victorian Department of Agriculture 1917-1937 was an authority on native orchids and made weekly radio broadcasts on native flora from the early 1920s.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Edward Edgar Pescott - Records, 1910 - 1943; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources


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

Book Sections

  • McLaren, Ian F., 'Pescott, Edward Edgar (1872-1954), Horticulturist, Naturalist and Author', in Geoffrey Serle (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 11, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1988, pp. 206-208. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Pescott, E. E., 'The Pioneers of Horticulture in Victoria', Victorian Historical Magazine, vol. 18, 1940. Details
  • Pescott, E.E., 'Charles French', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 50, no. 7, 1933, pp. 57-60. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.