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Biographical entry Swainson, William John (1789 - 1855)

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Born
8 October 1789
England
Died
7 December 1855
Occupation
Zoologist and Botanist

Summary

William John Swainson was engaged by the Victorian and Tasmanian Governments in 1855 to investigate the colony's timber trees.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1792 - 1870, FM 4/2699; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
  • William John Swainson - Records, 1839 - 1849, ML MSS 561; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • William John Swainson - Records, 1829 - 1848, MS 519; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1790 - 1870, M596-597; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Maiden, J.H., Records of Victorian Botanists, Victorian Naturalist, vol. 25, Melbourne, 1908, 101-117 pp. Details
  • Natusch, S. and Swainson, G. M., William Swainson of Fern Grove F.R.S., F.L.S. &c: the anatomy of a nineteenth-century naturalist, 3rd edn, New Zealand Founder's Society Press, Wellington, 1987, 184 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Natusch, Sheila, 'William Swainson, 1789-1855', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details

Journal Articles

  • Galloway, D. J., 'The botanical researches of William Swainson, F.R.S., in Australasia, 1841-1855', Journal of the Society for the Bibliography of Natural History, vol. 8, no. 4, 1978, pp. 366-70. Details
  • Knight, David M., 'William Swainson: naturalist, author and illustrator', Archives of Natural History, vol. 13, no. 3, 1986, pp. 275-90. Details
  • Maroske, Sara and Cohn, Helen M., 'Such Ingenious Birds: Ferdinand Mueller and William Swainson in Victoria', Muelleria, vol. 7, no. 4, 1992, pp. 529-553. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.