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Biographical entry Bunce, Daniel (1813 - 1872)

18 March 1813
Hertfordshire, England
Geelong, Victoria, Australia


Daniel Bunce was Naturalist on Ludwig Leichhardt's second expedition in 1846-1847. He was also Curator of the Geelong Botanic Gardens, Victoria 1858-1872.


Born Hertfordshire, England, 1813. Died Geelong, 1872. Trained as a gardener and botanist; emigrated to Hobart Town 1835; opened Denmark Hill nursery, Launceston 1835-39; went to Port Phillip 1839; joined a party of Aboriginals on a journey to Western Port and made an intensive study of their spoken language; established a nursery at St Kilda; joined Leichhardt on his second attempt to cross Australia from east to west 1846; manager of a Bendigo mining company ca 1849-58; wrote on the flora of Bendigo for the Melbourne "Argus"; published "Language of the Aborigines" 1851; director, Geelong Botanical Gardens 1858-72. Wrote a number of books and articles on botany, gardening and travel. He is commemorated by Panicum buncei, F. V. M.


1858 - 1872
Career position - Curator, Geelong Botanic Gardens, Victoria

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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

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Daniel Bunce - Records, 1846 - 1849, B387; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Bunce, Daniel, Hortus Tasmaniensis, or, A guide to the flora of Van Diemen's Land. ([Hobart?]: 1850), 72 pp. Details
  • Bunce, Daniel, Hortus Victoriensis : a catalogue of the most generally known flora of the colony of Victoria, with their Linnaean classification and general remarks (Melbourne: Daniel Harrison, 1851), 23 pp. Details
  • Bunce, Daniel, Manual of practical gardening : adapted to the climate of Van Diemen's Land, containing ... directions ... for every month of the year (Hobart Town: William Gore Elliston, 1853), 240 pp. Details
  • Bunce, Daniel, Travels with Doctor Leichhardt in Australia. Australasiatic reminiscences of twenty-three years' wanderings in Tasmania and the Australias (Melbourne: Steam Press of W. Fairfax & Co., 1859), 216 pp. Details
  • Fox, Paul, Clearings: Six Colonial Gardeners and Their Landscapes (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2004), 269 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration (Crows Nest Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2010), 344 pp. Details
  • Zuchold, Ernst Amandus, Dr Ludwig Leichhardt: eine biographische Skizze. Nebst einem Berichte über dessen zweite Reise im Innern des Austral-Continents nach dem Tagebuche seines Begleiters, des Botanikers Daniel Bunce (Leipzig: Zuchold, 1856), 118 pp. Details

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See also

  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Victorian Botanists', Victorian Naturalist, 25 (1908), 101-117. Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Moje, C.