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Biographical entry Heyne, Ernst Bernhard (1825 - 1881)

15 September 1825
Meissen, Saxony, Germany
16 October 1881
Norwood, South Australia, Australia
Botanist and Horticulturist


Ernst Heyne was a horticulturist who was chief plantsman at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens in the early 1850s. He was secretary and assistant to the Gardens' Director, Ferdinand Mueller, from 1857 to 1869. He went with Mueller on several Victorian expeditions and helped to classify much of the botanical material they collected. Heyne moved to South Australia in 1869 and opened a nursery at Norwood. In 1871 he published The fruit, flower and vegetable garden, which was enlarged as The amateur gardener in 1881 and ran to four editions. Other publications were on viticulture and sericulture. Heyne is commemorated by Aster heynei F. Muell. and Cyperus heynei.



c. 1845
Education - Diploma in Botany completed at the University of Leipzig, Germany
c. 1845 - 1849
Career position - Employed at the Botanic Garden in Dresden, Germany
Life event - Arrived in Australia (Melbourne) in the Godefroi
1854 - 1857
Chief Plantsman at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens
1857 - 1869
Career position - Secretary to Ferdinand Mueller, Melbourne Botanic Gardens
Life event - Moved to Adelaide, South Australia

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Cleland, J.B., 'Dicksonia in the Mount Lofty Ranges', South Australian Naturalist, 43 (1968). Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Victorian Botanists', Victorian Naturalist, 25 (1908), 101-117. Details


See also

  • Aitken, Richard and Looker, Michael eds, The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2002), 700 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn