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Biographical entry Dietrich, Koncordie Amalie (1821 - 1891)

26 May 1821
Siebenlehn, Saxony, Germany
9 March 1891
Rendsburg, Germany
Botanist and Naturalist
Alternative Names
  • Dietrich, Amalie


Amalie Dietrich was a German botanist who spent ten years in Queensland (1863-1873) collecting botanical and animal specimens for the Godeffroy Museum in Hamburg. She is commemorated by several species including the wasp Nortonia amaliae and the wattle Acacia dietrichiana. Dietrich was an avid and thorough collector who found many new species, many of which are housed in the National herbarium of Victoria, the Queensland Herbarium and the Zoologisches Institute und Zoologisches Museum in Hamburg Germany.

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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

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions



  • Bischoff, C., The Hard Road, the Life Story of Amalie Dietrich, Naturalist, 1821-1891, by her Daughter. (London: Martin Hopkinson, 1931). Details
  • Luettge, Ulrich, Amalie Dietrich (1821-1891): German Biologist in Australia (Stuttgart: Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, 1988), 50 pp. Details
  • Rider, Sue, The matilda women (Brisbane: Playlab Press, 1993), 118 pp. Details
  • Sumner, Ray, A Woman in the Wilderness: the Story of Amalie Dietrich in Australia (Sydney: University of New South Wales Press, 1993), 162 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Gilbert, L. A., 'Dietrich, Amalie (1821-1891), naturalist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Douglas Pike, ed., vol. 4 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1972), p. 73. Details
  • Moyal, Ann, 'Collectors and illustrators: women botanists of the nineteenth century' in People and Plants in Australia, Carr, D. J. and Carr, S. G. M., eds (Sydney: Academic Press, 1981), pp. 333-56. Details
  • Scheps, Birgit, 'Amalie Dietrich (1821-1891) and Queensland' in Germans in Queensland: 150 Years, Bonnell, Andrew G. and Vonhoff, Rebecca, eds (Frankfurt am Main: Springer, 2012), pp. 47-60. Details
  • Sumner, Ray, 'Amalie Dietrich and the Taipan' in New Beginnings: The Germans in New South Wales and Queensland: A Commemorative Volume, Johannes H. Voigt, ed. (Stuttgart: Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations, 1983), pp. 262-268. Details
  • Sumner, Ray, 'Amalie Dietrich' in From Berlin to the Burdekin: The German Contribution to the Development of Australian Science, Exploration and the Arts, David Walker and Jurgen Tampke, eds (Sydney: New South Wales University Press, 1991), pp. 54-66. Details

Edited Books

  • McKay, Judith ed., Brilliant Careers: Women Collectors and Illustrators in Queensland (Brisbane: Queensland Museum, 1997), 80 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Lowie, R. H., 'Amalie Dietrich', Australian Zoologist, 14 (3) (1968), 236-245. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Queensland Botanists', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, xii (1909), 373-383. Details
  • Mulac-Teichmann, G., 'Tribute to the Naturalist, Amalie Dietrich', Victorian Naturalist, 81 (1) (1964), 8-12. Details


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See also

  • MacInnis, Peter, Curious Minds: the Discoveries of Australian Naturalists (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2012), 213 pp. Details
  • Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison, 'Ferdinand Mueller's Female Plant Collectors: a Biographical Register', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 92-172. Details
  • Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison, 'Ferdinand Mueller's Female Plant Collectors: a Biographical Register', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 92-172. Details

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