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Biographical entry Luehmann, Johann Georg (1843 - 1904)

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    National Herbarium of Victoria, 23 January 2013
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Born
12 May 1843
Buxtehude, Germany
Died
18 November 1904
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Johann Luehmann worked at the Botanical Museum of Melbourne under Ferdinand von Mueller from 1868 to 1896, initially as Clerk and later as Deputy Government Botanist. It was from Mueller that he received his botanical training, becoming expert in the genera Eucalyptus and Acacia. After Mueller's death in 1896 Luehmann was appointed Curator of the restyled National Herbarium of Victoria, only becoming Government Botanist in 1900. His field collecting resulted in over 400 specimens being deposited in the Herbarium. Luehmann was a foundation member of the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria and served several terms on council including as Vice-President 1899 - 1901. His publications including a key to Eucalyptus and a paper on the identification of Victorian grasses.

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1862
Life event - Migrated from Germany to Victoria, Australia
1868 - 1896
Career position - Assistant to Ferdinand Mueller; Melbourne Botanic Gardens
1869 - 1891
Career position - Clerk (Assistant Botanist), Botanical Museum of Melbourne
1878
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus luehmanniana Muell. was named in Luehmann's honour
1880 - 1882
Career position - Member of Council, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1880 - 1904
Career position - Member, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1891 - 1896
Career position - Deputy Government Botanist, Botanical Museum of Melbourne
1896 - 1900
Career position - Clerk, acting as Curator, National Herbarium of Victoria
1897
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus corrugata Luehm.
1897
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus torquata Luehm.
1897 - 1899
Career position - Member of Council, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1899 - 1901
Career position - Vice-President, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1900 - 1904
Career position - Government Botanist and Curator, National Herbarium of Victoria

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

National Herbarium, Melbourne

  • Johann Georg Luehmann - Records, 1880 - 1899, MSS 12; National Herbarium, Melbourne. Details

Public Record Office Victoria, Victorian Archives Centre

  • Johann Georg Luehmann - Records, 1896 - 1910; Public Record Office Victoria, Victorian Archives Centre. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Maroske, Sara, 'Germans at the Melbourne Botanic Garden and Herbarium, 1853-96' in Baron von Mueller's German Melbourne, Ellen I. Mitchell, ed. (Bundoora, Victoria: La Trobe University, 2000), pp. 24-34. Details

Journal Articles

  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Victorian Botanists', Victorian Naturalist, 25 (1908), 101-117. Details

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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

Digital resources

Title
National Herbarium of Victoria
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

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Title
National Herbarium of Victoria
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

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McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn