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Biographical entry Francis, William Douglas (1889 - 1959)

6 March 1889
Bega, New South Wales, Australia
2 January 1959
Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia


William Francis was a member of the botanical staff at the Queensland Herbarium for 34 years from 1920 to 1954. He was Queensland Government Botanist from 1950, succeeding C.T. White, until his retirement in 1954. Francis is known for his 1929 work Australian Rainforest Trees which he wrote and illustrated with his own photographs.

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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

Queensland Herbarium

  • William Douglas Francis - Records, 1920 - 1959; Queensland Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Francis, William Douglas, Australian rain-forest trees: excluding the species confined to the tropics (Brisbane, Queensland: Queensland Government, 1929). Details

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: W. D. Francis', Australian Journal of Science, 21 (7) (1959), 215. Details


McCarthy, G.J.