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Biographical entry Allen, Charles Ernest Frank (1876 - 1936?)

2 July 1876
Devonshire, England
Agricultural expert, Botanical collector and Public servant


Charles Allen was a promoter of the economic importance of agricultural and botanical knowledge. Among other public service roles, Charles Allen was Curator of the Northern Territory Botanical Gardens from 1913 to 1936. Upon his return from service in the Australian Expeditionary Force (1915-1919) he was appointed Superintendent of Agriculture within the Northern Territory Department of Agriculture. In 1920 he was named as an Inspector under the Plant Diseases Ordinance. Some of the botanical specimens he collected were sent to J.H. Maiden, others were given to the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, England.



7 October 1913
Career event - Appointed as Curator of the Botanical Gardens, Darwin, Northern Territory
Career event - Appointed Superintendent of Agriculture, N.T. Department of Agriculture
Career event - Appointed Inspector under the Plant Diseases Ordinance
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus microtheca var. cymbaliformis Blakely & Jacobs. Allen was joint collector of the species type.
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus cyanoclada Blakely was described, of which Allen collected the type.
21 February 1936
Career event - Retired from the public service

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  • 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

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