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Biographical entry Gill, Walter (1851 - 1929)

13 October 1851
Welford, Northamptonshire, England
17 July 1929
Malvern, South Australia, Australia
Botanical collector and Ecology and Conservation


Walter Gill was Conservator of Forests in South Australia 1890-1923. He was the first person in South Australia to successfully utilise the remarkable pine (Pinus insignis) for commercial purposes. During his career he also made an extensive collection of botanical specimens in South Australia, many of which were passed on to Ferdinand von Mueller, J.H. Maiden and R.T. Baker.



1884 - 1886
Career position - Inspector of the Crown Lands, South Australia
1886 - 1890
Career position - Chief Forester, Wirrabara
1890 - 1923
Career position - Conservator of Forests, South Australia
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus mcintyrensis Maiden. Gill was collector of the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus gillii Maiden was named in Gill's honour

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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See also

Rosanne Walker