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Biographical entry Collie, Alexander (1793 - 1835)

Born
2 June 1793
Insch, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Died
8 November 1835
Albany, Western Australia, Australia
Occupation
Botanical collector, Physician and Explorer

Summary

Alexander Collie was a general practitioner who worked as a ship's surgeon in the British Admiralty and went as a naturalist on Colonel Beechey's voyage to North America, before coming to Australia where he was the Colonial Surgeon for Perth from 1832-1835. He was also a keen botanist and collected plants in California, Chile and Australia. His collecting expeditions took in the Swan River, Leeuwins Land, north of King Georges Sound, Cockburn Sound to Geographe Bay and from Albany to French River. His plant specimens were sent to the Herbarium at Kew Botanical Gardens, London.

Details

Events

1867
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus loxophleba Benth. Collie 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

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Alexander Collie - Records, 1828 - 1835; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Chessell, Gwen, Alexander Collie, Colonial Surgeon, Naturalist and Explorer, University of Western Australia Press, Crawley, W.A., 2008, 224 pp. Details

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Conference Papers

  • Adams, A. R., 'Dr Alexander Collie - Colonial Surgeon and Administrator', in Peter Winterton and Des Gurry (eds), Australian Society of the History of Medicine, The Impact of the Past on the Present: Second National Conference of the Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Australian Society of the History of Medicine, Perth, 1991, pp. 244-247. Details

Online Resources

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.