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Biographical entry Blakely, William Faris (1875 - 1941)

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    Eucalyptus globulus subsp.bicostata (Maiden, Blakely & Simmonds) J.B.Kirkp (1974), Southern Blue Gum, detail of bark, 23 January 2013
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Born
November 1875
Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia
Died
1 September 1941
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
Botanical collector, Botanist and Gardener

Summary

William Blakely was a gardener and a botanist with a special interest in eucalypts. J.H. Maiden recruited him to the Royal Botanic Gardens in Sydney, where he worked as a gardener from 1900-1913. He was transferred to the National Herbarium where he worked as a botanist from 1913-1940. In 1934 he published A Key to the Eucalypts, of which posthumous editions were published in 1955 and 1965. With this work, Blakely devised an entirely new classificatory system for the eucalypts which is to a large part the basis of modern infrageneric classification of the genus. He described hundreds of species. Maiden honoured him in 1917 with Eucalyptus blakelyi (Maiden).

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1898 - 1900
Career position - Worked at the Henolan Caves in the Blue Mountains, near Sydney
1900 - 1913
Career position - Worked at the Sydney Botanic Gardens
1913 - 1940
Career position - Worked at the Sydney Herbarium, starting as a botanical assistant
1917
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus blakelyi Maiden was named in his honour.
1927
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus globulus subsp.bicostata Maiden, Blakely & Simmonds
1940
Career event - Retired from the Sydney Herbarium
1940 - 1941
Career position - Honorary custodian of the Eucalyptus collection at the Sydney Herbarium

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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

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Blakely, W. F., A Key to the Eucalypts with descriptions of 500 species and 138 varieties and a companion to J. H. Maiden's Critical Revision of the genus Eucalyptus, Government Printer, Sydney, 1934. Details
  • Blakely, W. F., A Key to the Eucalypts with descriptions of 522 species and 150 varieties, Commonwealth Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra, 1955. Details
  • Blakely, William Faris; Rodger, G.J., Supplement to A key to the eucalypts (Blakely, 1934) : covering species described, and changes in nomenclature, since 1934, Forestry and Timber Bureau, Canberra, 1953, 26 pp. Details
  • Maiden, J.H.; Cambage, R.H. and Blakely, William Faris, A Critical Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus, Government Printer, Sydney, 1903. Details
  • Simmonds, Joseph Henry, Trees from other lands for shelter and timber in New Zealand: eucalypts, Brett Publishing, Auckland, New Zealand, 1927, 164 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Blakely, W. F., 'Description of 3 new species and 1 variety of eucalyptus of the Elder & Horn expedition', Proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia, vol. 60, 1936, pp. 153-156. Details
  • Blakely, W. F., McKie, E. N., and Steedman, H., 'Descriptions of 4 new species and two varieties of eucalyptus', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, vol. 63, 1938, pp. 65-69. Details
  • Kirkpatrick, J.B., 'The numerical intraspecific taxonomy of Eucalyptus globulus Labill. (Myrtaceae)', Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 69, no. 2, 1974, pp. 89-104. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • 'See the list of eucalypts published under this authority using abbreviation search % Blakely % (include wildcards) and family 'Myrtaceae'', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, http://www.anbg.gov.au/cgi-bin/apni. Details
  • 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
  • Sheppard, H. et al., Eucalypts, Australian Government, 2007, http://australia.gov.au/about-australia/australian-story/eucalypts. Details

Digital resources

Title
Eucalyptus globulus subsp.bicostata (Maiden, Blakely & Simmonds) J.B.Kirkp (1974), Southern Blue Gum, detail of bark
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

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Title
Eucalyptus globulus subsp.bicostata (Maiden, Blakely & Simmonds) J.B.Kirkp (1974), Southern Blue Gum, detail of leaves
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

Details

Title
Eucalyptus globulus subsp.bicostata (Maiden, Blakely & Simmonds) J.B.Kirkp (1974), Southern Blue Gum
Type
Image
Date
23 January 2013
Place
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne

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