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Biographical entry Fairhall, Alfred Ernest (1868 - 1943)

Born
11 June 1868
Greymouth, New Zealand
Died
2 October 1943
Stirling, South Australia, Australia
Occupation
Horticulturalist and Mineral collector

Summary

After moving to Melbourne in 1889, Alfred Fairhall became an apprentice horticulturist. By 1894 he was established in South Australia, working for a succession of wealthy families. In his role as head gardener to Edward Stirling at Mt Lofty he made important contributions to ornamental plant breeding. Fairhall was an avid collector of minerals: his collection included significant material from the Broken Hill and Moonta-Wallaroo ore bodies. This material was purchased for the South Australian Museum in 1943 by Douglas Mawson.

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Events

1889
Life event - Migrated to Australia
1897
Career position - Head gardener to Edward Stirling at Mt Lofty, South Australia
1943
Collection of minerals purchased for the South Australian Museum

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Cowen, David, 'The Alfred Fairhall mineral collection', Australian Journal of Mineralogy, vol. 17, no. 2, 2015, pp. 77-81. Details

Helen Cohn