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Biographical entry Suttor, George (1774 - 1859)


11 June 1774
Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
5 May 1859
Bathurst, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical collector and Horticulturist


George Suttor was chosen by Joseph Banks to take a collection of plants to Botany Bay, many of which, due to Suttor's care, survived the journey. Suttor arrived in the Sydney in November 1800. He was granted some land at Baulkham Hills and eventually also in the Bathurst Plains where he established a landholding of over 4,000 hectares. Suttor had some success as a horticulturist, establishing an orangery and publishing his book The culture of the grape-vine and the orange in Australia and New Zealand in 1843. He also collected specimens of indigenous plants which he sent to Banks. Between 1812 and 1819 Suttor was Superintendent of the Castle Hill Lunatic Asylum. He was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society, London, during a visit to England in the 1840s.



1812 - 1819
Career position - Superintendent, Castle Hills Lunatic Asylum

Published resources


  • Suttor, George, Memoirs of George Suttor, F.L.S., Banksian collector (1774 - 1859) edited with notes and commentary by George Mackaness (Dubbo, N.S.W.: Review Publications, 1977), 79 pp. Details
  • Winmill, Margaret, George & Sarah Suttor: pioneers of early Australian horticulture (Chewton, Vic.: the author, 2015), 305 pp. Details

Book Sections



  • Winmill, Margaret, George & Sarah Suttor: pioneers of early Australian horticulture (2015)
    Orchard, Tony, 'Family life and notable identities in early 19th century Australia', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 177, (2018), 61-3. Details

See also

  • Dunk, James, 'Authority and the treatment of the insane at Castle Hill Asylum, 1811-25', Health and History, 19 (2) (2017), 17-40. Details

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