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Biographical entry Bastow, Richard Austin (1839 - 1920)

14 May 1839
Edinburgh, Scotland
14 May 1920
Botanist and Botanical artist


Richard Bastow, an architectural draughtsman, specialised in the field of cryptogamic botany and was a keen member of the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria.


Born Edinburgh, Scotland, 14 May 1839. Died Melbourne, 14 May 1920. Arrived Tasmania 1884 as architectural draughtsman; took up botany as a hobby; moved to Victoria ca 1888; worked on mosses.

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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

National Herbarium, Melbourne

  • Richard Austin Bastow - Records, 1880 - 1920, MSS M15; National Herbarium, Melbourne. Details

Published resources


  • Willis, J. H., Botanical Pioneers in Victoria, vol. 66 ([Melbourne]: [Brown Pier Anderson], 1949), 19 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Jolley, H., 'Richard Austin Bastow, 1839-1920', Australasian Bryological newsletter, 40 (1999), 104. Details


McCarthy, G.J.