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Biographical entry Fitzgerald, William Vincent (1867? - 1929)

21 July 1867?
Mungana, Tasmania, Australia
6 August 1929
Daru River, New Guinea
Botanical collector, Botanist and Prospector


William Fitzgerald was a member of the 1903 Western Australian Royal Commission on Forests, chairman of the State Forests Advisory Board 1904 and a member of the Kimberley Trigonometric Survey 1905. He died while exploring the Bismark Ranges in Papua. William Fitzgerald collected for Ferdinand Mueller and Joseph Maiden, and described several Eucalyptus specimen. He was also known through his excellent work on orchids.



Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus diptera C.R.P.Andrews. Fitzgerald collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus accedens W.Fitzg.
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus pyriformis Turcz. var. elongata Maiden (= E. pyriformisTurcz. (1849)), Fitzgerald collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus houseana W.Fitzg. ex Maiden
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus collina W.Fitzg.
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus fitzgeraldii Blakely was named for Fitzgerald

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

  • William Vincent Fitzgerald - Records, 1892 - 1894, MSS M54; National Herbarium, Melbourne. Details

Western Australia Herbarium

  • William Vincent Fitzgerald - Records, 1905 - 1906, 58(044) Fit; Western Australia Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


See also

  • 'List of eucalypts published under this authority use abbreviation search 'W.Fitzg.'and genus 'Eucalyptus'', Australian Plant Name Index (APNI), Australian National Botanic Gardens, 2012, Details
  • Fagg, Murray, 'Fitzgerald, William Vincent (1867–1929)', Australian Plant Collectors and Illustrators, Council of Heads of Australian Herbaria (CHAH), 2010, Details
  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J., Moje, C. & Walsh, N.