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Biographical entry White, Cyril Tenison (1890 - 1950)

17 August 1890
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
16 August 1950
Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia
Botanical collector and Botanist


Cyril White was Queensland Government Botanist 1918-1950. He was a grandson of F.M. Bailey and started as his pupil-assistant in 1905. He published "Principles of botany for Queensland farmers" (1938).



1917 - 1950
Career position - Government Botanist of Queensland
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus whitei Maiden & Blakely was named in his honour. White also collected syntype material
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus orgadophila Maiden & Blakely. White collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus microneura Maiden & Blakely. White collected the type
Taxonomy event - Co-author of Eucalyptus tenuipes (Maiden & Blakely) Blakely & C.T.White
Taxonomy event - Co-author of Eucalyptus curtisii Blakely & C.T.White
Career position - Australian Botanical liaison Officer to Kew Gardens, London
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus gilbertensis (Maiden & Blakely) S.T. Blake. White collected the type

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Archival resources

Queensland Herbarium

  • Cyril Tenison White - Records, 1920 - 1951; Queensland Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Cyril Tenison White', Australian Journal of Science, vol. 13, no. 2, 1950, p. 43. Details
  • 'Cyril Tenison White, 1890-1950', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. lxii, 1952, pp. 35-48. Details
  • Bean, A. R., 'C. T. White's botanical survey and collections from Papua in 1918', Austrobaileya, vol. 9, no. 2, 2014, pp. 244-62. Details
  • White, C. T., 'The Bailey Family and its Place in the Botanical History of Australia', The Journal of the Historical Society of Queensland, vol. 3, no. 5, 1945, pp. 362-368. Details
  • White, C.T., 'Henry Tryon, First Honorary Secretary, Royal Society of Queensland, and His Place in Queensland Science', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. lvi, no. 8, 1945, pp. 44-80. Details
  • White, C.T., 'F.M. Bailey: His Life and Work', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, vol. lxi, 1950, pp. 105-114. 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, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J., Moje, C. & Walsh, N.