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Biographical entry Fairhall, Alfred Ernest (1868 - 1943)

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


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.



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

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

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