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    National Herbarium of Victoria, 23 January 2013

December 1896
South Yarra, Victoria, Australia
Collection management and Plant science
Birdwood Avenue, South Yarra, Victoria 3141


The National Herbarium of Victoria dates from December 1896 when the change of name from the Botanical Museum of Melbourne was gazetted. It is one of Australia's largest and most significant botanical collections, holding over 2 million specimens including large numbers of Australian type specimens. Since 1925 the Herbarium has been a constituent part of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens (later Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne). With the passing of the Royal Botanic Gardens Act in 1991 (with effect from 1 July 1992) the Herbarium, its Chief Scientist and its collections including the library and archives (which were designated the State Botanical Collection) were given legislative definition. In 1935 the Herbarium moved from its original home in the Domain to a site within the Botanic Gardens.


The Herbarium has been administered by these Victorian Colonial and Government authorities:
December 1896 - 1902 Chief Secretary's Department
1902 - 1913 Department of Agriculture
1913 - 1925 Chief Secretary' Department
1925 - 1983 Department of Crown Lands and Survey
1983 - 1990 Department of Conservation, Forests and Lands
1990 - 1992 Department of Conservation and Environment
1992 - Royal Botanic Gardens Board


 1853 - 1896 Botanical Museum of Melbourne
       1896 - National Herbarium of Victoria


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Published resources

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Book Sections

  • Maroske, Sara, 'Germans at the Melbourne Botanic Garden and Herbarium, 1853-96' in Baron von Mueller's German Melbourne, Ellen I. Mitchell, ed. (Bundoora, Victoria: La Trobe University, 2000), pp. 24-34. Details

Journal Articles

  • Aston, H. I., 'The herbarium and plant collections of Norman A. Wakefield (1918-1972)', Muelleria, 4 (1972), 251-63. Details
  • Cohn, Helen M., '150 Years: the National Herbarium of Victoria, 1853-2003', Muelleria, 17 (2003), 3-14. Details
  • Cohn, Helen M., 'The Close Union Between the Herbarium and the Naturalists', Victorian Naturalist, 122 (2005), 281-9. Details
  • Cohn, Helen M., 'Watch Dog Over the Herbarium: Alfred Ewart, Victorian Government Botanist, 1906-1921', Historical Records of Australian Science, 16 (2) (2005), 139-167. Details
  • Grimes, James W., 'Identified types in the Wilhelm Hillebrand collections in the Herbarium of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne', Muelleria, 14 (2000), 41-49. Details
  • Hewish, Marilyn, 'Biographical Notes on George Lyell, Victorian Lepidopterist [Part 1]', Victorian Entomologist, 44 (5) (2014), 96-106. Details
  • Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison, 'Ferdinand Mueller's Female Plant Collectors: a Biographical Register', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 92-172. Details
  • Parnell, John A. N., Womersley, H. Bryan S., Sinkora, Doris, Vaughan, Alison and Huisman, John M., 'W. H. Harvey's Australian Travelling Set of Algae in the Herbarium of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL), Australia', Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 110B (2) (2010), 119-61. Details
  • Sinkora, Doris, 'The phycological collections of the National Herbarium of Victoria', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 174 (2018), 10-2. Details
  • Thies, A. W., 'Moss collections from Lord Howe Island in the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL)', Victorian Naturalist, 117 (2000), 10-13. Details
  • Vaughan, Alison, 'The Eileen Ramsay collection at the National Herbarium of Victoria', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 171 (2017), 18-22. Details
  • Willis, J. H., 'The Botany of the Victoria Exploring Expedition (September 1860-June 1861) and of Relief Contingents from Victoria (July 1861-Noveber 1862)', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Victoria, 75 (1962), 247-268. Details


See also

  • Cowley, K. J.; West, J. G, Resources of Australian Herbaria: a Guide to Herbaria Located in Australia (Canberra: Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, 1999), [84] pp. Details
  • Cowley, K. J.; West, J. G, Resources of Australian Herbaria [online], with Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria, Centre for Plant Biodiversity Research, 2002, Details
  • Presland, Gary, 'Arthur Wolfgang Thies, 10 October 1918 - 20 February 2013', Victorian naturalist, 130 (2013), 86. Details
  • Ross, J.H., 'The Legacy of Mueller's Collections', Victorian Naturalist, 113 (1996), 146-150. Details

Digital resources

National Herbarium of Victoria
23 January 2013
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne


National Herbarium of Victoria
23 January 2013
Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne


Ailie Smith and Helen Cohn