Biographical entry Armit, William Edington (1848 - 1901)
- 10 May 1848
- 3 January 1901
Samarai, New Guinea
- Explorer and Naturalist
William Armit led an expedition to New Guinea in 1883 which included the eccentric American scientist, Professor W. Denton. He worked as a journalist and naturalist in North Queensland until 1893 when he returned to New Guinea to a succession of public service posts.
Born Liège, Belgium, 10 May 1848. Died New Guinea, 3 January 1901. Arrived Australia ca 1870. Stockman, Cleveland Bay, Queensland 1870-72, sub-inspector, Queensland Native Police 1872-82, Melbourne "Argus" special correspondence in command of expedition to New Guinea 1883, journalist and naturalist, Port Douglas and Cooktown 1883-93, private secretary to the administrator of New Guinea 1893-95, sub-collector of customs, Sumarai 1895-97, assistant resident magistrate, northern division 1899, resident magistrate 1899-1900.
Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science
- Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details
Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales
- Edward Pearson Ramsay - Records, 1860 - 1912, ML MSS 563; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details
- Gibbney, H. J., 'Armit, William Edington (1848-1901), policeman, journalist, explorer and public servant' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Douglas Pike, ed., vol. 3 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1969), p. 48. http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030047b.htm. Details
- Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Queensland Botanists', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, xii (1909), 373-383. Details
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