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Biographical entry Colenso, William (1811 - 1899)

Born
7 November 1811
Penzance, Cornwall, United Kingdom
Died
10 February 1899
Napier, New Zealand
Occupation
Botanist and Missionary

Summary

William Colenso went to New Zealand in 1834 to work for the Church Missionary Society as a printer/missionary, tasked with printing a Māori language translation of the New Testament. His enthusiasm for studying the local flora was spurred by meeting Allan Cunningham (1833), Charles Darwin (1835) and Joseph Hooker (1841. During the 1840s Colenso made a number of exploratory journeys into the interior of the North Island. He contributed over a hundred papers to scientific journals, and was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society and the Royal Society, London

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Events

1834
Life event - Migrated to New Zealand
1865
Career position - Fellow, Linnean Society of London
1866
Career position - Fellow, Royal Society, London

Archival resources

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

  • William Colenso - Records, 1838 - 1841, ML MSS 3109; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Books

  • Bagnall, A. G. and Peterson, G. C., William Colenso: His Life and Journeys, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2012, 496 pp. Details
  • Moon, Paul, The Voyagers: Remarkable European Explorations of New Zealand, Penguin Books, Auckland (N.Z.), 2014, 251 pp. Details
  • St George, Ian, Colenso's Collections: Including the Unpublished Work of the Late Brice Hamlin on William Colenso's New Zealand Plants held at Te Papa , New Zealand Native Orchid Society, Wellington , 2009, 412 pp. Details
  • St George, Ian , Wallace, Eloise and Wells, Peter, Gazing With a Trained Eye: Fifteen Aspects of William Colenso, MTG Hawke's Bay, Napier, 2013, 176 pp. Details
  • Wells, Peter, The Hungry Heart: Journeys with William Colenso, Vintage, Auckland, 2011, 467 pp. Details

Edited Books

  • St George, Ian (ed.), William Colenso: his life and journeys, Otago University Press, Dunedin, 2012, 496 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Heywood, Janet, 'Teachers Born, Not Made: Trans-Tasman Links from Colenso to Maiden', Australian Garden History, vol. 25, no. 4, 2014, pp. 11-5. Details
  • St George, Ian, 'William Colenso 1811-1899, Victorian Polymath', ENNZ: Environment and Nature in New Zealand, vol. 7, no. 2/1, 2012, pp. 41-7. Details

Reviews

  • Priestley, R. K, review of Bagnall, A. G. and Peterson, G. C., William Colenso: His Life and Journeys (2012), Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, vol. 43, 2013, pp. 256-7. Details
  • Ross, Cathy, review of St George, Ian, ed., William Colenso: his life and journeys (2012), Journal of New Zealand and Pacific Studies, vol. 2, no. 2, 2014, pp. 207-9. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn