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Biographical entry Schomburgk, Moritz Richard (1811 - 1891)

5 October 1811
Freyburg, Saxony, Germany
24 March 1891
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Moritz Schomburgk was Director of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens 1865-1891.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium

  • Moritz Richard Schomburgk - Records, 1844 - 1976, P4-2; Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Payne, Pauline, The Diplomatic Gardener: Richard Schomburgk, Explorer and Botanic Garden Director (North Adelaide: Jephcott Press, 2007), 201 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Dalziell, Rosamund, '"Botanical Autobiography and Vegetable Wonders": Richard Schomburgk's Botanical Reminiscences of British Guiana' in To the Islands: Australia and the Caribbean, McDougall, Russell, ed. (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2002), pp. 69-78. Details
  • Middelmann, Raoul F., 'Schomburgk, Moritz Richard (1811-1891), botanist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn, ed., vol. 6 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1976), pp. 91-92. Details
  • Payne, Pauline, 'Richard Moritz Schomburgk. Second Director of the Adelaide Botanic Garden 1865-91' in The German Experience of Australia 1833-1938, Harmstorf, Ian, ed. (Bedford Park, South Australia: Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows, 1988). Details
  • Payne, Pauline, 'Science at the Periphery: Dr. Schomburgk's Garden' in Darwin's Laboratory: Evolutionary Theory and Natural History in the Pacific, Roy MacLeod and Philip F. Rehbock, eds (Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1994), pp. 239-259. Details
  • Payne, Pauline, 'Richard Schomburgk: explorer, natural scientist, and Botanic Garden Director' in Germans: travellers, settlers and their descendants in South Australia, Monteath, Peter, ed. (Kent Town, S.A.: Wakefield Press, 2011), pp. 126-43. Details

Journal Articles

  • Kloot, P. M., 'Dr. Richard Schomburgk's 'Naturalised Weeds' (1879)', Journal of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, 2 (2) (1980), 195-220. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'A Century of Botanical Endeavour in South Australia', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, xi (1907), 158-199. Details
  • Schwarz, Anja, 'Schomburgk's chook: the entangled South Australian collections of a German naturalist', Postcolonial studies, 21 (1) (2018), 20-34. Details
  • Weigl, Engelhard, 'Acclimatisation: the Schomburgk brothers in Australia', International review of Humboldtian studies, 4 (7) (2003), 3-13. Details



  • The diplomatic gardener: Richard Schomburgk, explorer and botanic gardens director
    Maroske, Sara, Australian Garden History, 19 (4), (2008), 17-9. Details
  • The diplomatic gardener: Richard Schomburgk, explorer and botanic gardens director
    McKinnon, Ross, Historical Records of Australian Science, 19 (2), (2008), 225-6. Details
  • Richard Schomburgk: Explorer and Botanic Garden Director
    Short, Philip, Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 135, 36-8. Details


  • Payne, Pauline, 'Dr Richard Schomburgk and Adelaide Botanic Garden 1865-91', Thesis, University of Adelaide, 1992. Details

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