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Biographical entry Newman, Francis William (1796? - 1859)

23 August 1859
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


Francis Newman was Superintendent of the Hobart Botanic Gardens 1845-1859. He was the first properly qualified person to hold the post. Newman moved from Sydney to Hobart to take up the post, where he stayed until his death. During his term as Superintendent he introduced many new plant species and visitor numbers increased rapidly. He established a system of plant exchanges with other Australian gardens and gave much attention to the breeding of wheats suitable for the Tasmanian climate.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

Royal Society of Tasmania

  • F.W. Newman - Records, 1845 - 1859; Royal Society of Tasmania. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Tasmanian Botanists', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1909, pp. 9-29. Details


McCarthy, G.J.