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Biographical entry Roe, John Septimus (1797 - 1878)

8 May 1797
Newbury, Berkshire, England
28 May 1878
Western Australia, Australia
Surveyor and Explorer


John Roe was posted in 1817 as master's mate to the surveying service in New South Wales carrying on the work done by M. Flinders. In 1829 he took the position of Surveyor-General in the Swan River Colony and collected natural history and geological specimens. From 1830 to 1849 Roe made 16 journeys of exploration in Western Australia.



1829 - 1849?
Career position - Surveyor-general to the settlement of Swan River, Western Australia
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus patens Benth. Roe collected a syntype

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia

  • John Septimus Roe - Records, 1807 - 1878, MN 8; JS Battye Library of West Australian History, State Library of Western Australia. Details

State Records Office of Western Australia

  • John Septimus Roe - Records, 1817 - 1839, ACC 1114/37 and others; State Records Office of Western Australia. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Hercock, Marion, The Western Australian explorations of john Septimus Roe 1829 - 1849 (Frwemantle, W.A.: Hesperion Press, 2014), 688 pp. Details
  • Jackson, Janice Lynn Burton, Not an Idle Man: a Biography of John Septimus Roe, Western Australia's First Surveyor-General (1797-1878), West Swan, WA: MB Roe (Fremantle, W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1982). Details
  • Mercer, F. R., Amazing Career: the story of Western australia's first surveyor-general (Perth: 1962). Details

Book Sections

  • Broeze, Frank, 'John Septimus Roe, 1797-1878' in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004). Details
  • Uren, Malcolm, 'Roe, John Septimus (1797-1878), naval officer, surveyor and explorer' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Douglas Pike, ed., vol. 2 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1967), pp. 390-392. Details

Edited Books

  • Brooker, Leslie ed., Explorers Routes Revisited: Roe Expedition 1836 (Kalamunda, W.A : Carlisle, W.A.: Lesley Brooker; Hesperian Press, 2012), 162 pp. Details


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 (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.