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Biographical entry Burgess, Colin Ernest Bryce Hawthorne (1907 - 1987)


Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical collector, Botanist and Clergyman


A Church of England curate at Parramatta, Colin Burgess was later stationed in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. During this time he collected and got to know the flora of the area very well. He held a position as a botanist with the Canberra Botanic Gardens (later named Australian National Botanic Gardens) in his later years. In 1963 he published his book Blue Mountain Gums, one of the best local hand-books for the amateur botanist at the time and yet technically of a high standard. He also collected elsewhere in New South Wales and in the Australian Capital Territory.



Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus burgessiana L.A.S.Johnson & Blaxell was named for Burgess

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  • Burgess, Colin, Blue Mountain gums: a guide to the Eucalypts of the Blue Mountains, New South Wales, with a note on the Angophoras, Wild Life Preservation Society of Australia, Sydney, 1963, 68 pp. Details

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See also

  • 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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