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Biographical entry McGillivray, Donald John (Don) (1935 - 2012)

20 August 1935
Griffith, New South Wales, Australia
17 August 2012
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Don McGillivray attended the School of Forestry at the Australian National University after gaining his BSc. After five years with the New South Wales Forestry Commission, he joined the New South Wales National Herbarium as Botanist (later Senior Botanist). Increasingly his interests centred on Grevillea, Australia's third largest plant genus. In 1993, with R. O. Makinson, McGillivray published the first revision of Grevillea in 150 years. His interests extended to botanical nomenclature and the history of Australian botany. McGillivray was renowned for his meticulous and exhaustive work in defining morphological characters and gathering primary data. He was the foundation Secretary of the Australian Systematic Botany Society.



1959 - 1964
Career position - Forestry officer, New South Wales Forestry Commission
1964 - 1985
Career position - Botanist, New South Wales National Herbarium
1969 - 1970
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
1973 - 1975
Career position - Secretary, Australian Systematic Botany Society
Award - Engler Medal, International Association for Plant Taxonomy

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  • Makinson, R. O. (Bob), 'Vale Donald John (Don) McGillivray', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 154, 2013, pp. 16-20. Details
  • Olde, Peter, 'Vale Donald John McGillivray (1935-2012), botanist', Grevillea Study Group Newsletter, vol. 93, 2012, pp. 12-4. Details

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