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Biographical entry Brittlebank, Charles Clifton (1862 - 1945)

Derby, England
2 November 1945
Plant pathologist and Biologist


Charles Brittlebank was Government Plant Pathologist for Victoria 1913-1924. He was particularly interested in fungi.


Born Derby, England, 1862. Died Melbourne, 2 November 1945. Left England for New Hebrides with family; to Queensland, then Tasmania before settling Pentland Hills, Victoria 1893; interested in geology and ornithology; member, Field Naturalist' Club of Victoria; illustrated C. French's (q.v.) Destructive Insects of Victoria (1891-1911) and A.J. Campbell's (q.v.) Nests and Eggs of Australian Birds (1900); discovered ice-age evidence Werribee Gorge ca 1894; assistant to D. McAlpine (q.v.) 1908-13, succeeded him as government pathologist of Victoria 1913-24; biologist in charge of the Science Branch, Department of Agriculture 1924-28; lectured on fungus diseases of fruit, Burnley School of Horticulture 1923-28; lectured on plant pathology, School of Agriculture, University of Melbourne; prepared index of Australian fungi and fungus diseases for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

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

  • Charles Clifton Brittlebank - Records; National Herbarium, Melbourne. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Hewish, Marilyn, 'Historical Notes on Charles and Thomas Brittlebank, Pioneer Naturalists in the Werribee Gorge District, West of Melbourne', The Victorian Naturalist, 123 (5) (2006), 314-317. Details
  • McCann, Doug, 'Charles Brittlebank and the Bacchus Marsh Glacial Sediments', Newsletter (Earth Sciences History Group), 36 (2006), 17-22. Details


McCarthy, G.J.