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Biographical entry Gardner, Charles Austin (1896 - 1970)


6 January 1896
Gressingham, Lancashire, England
24 February 1970
Subiaco, Western Australia, Australia
Botanist, Conservationist and Educator


Botanist Charles Gardner was the Government Botanist of Western Australia from 1927 to 1962 and also lectured in Botany at the University of Western Australia for almost 40 years (1924-1962). After his retirement in 1962 he became a member of the State Gardens Board (later National Parks Board) and had a role in securing 5 extensive areas as flora reserves.



1920 - 1921?
Career position - Botanical collector, West Australian Forests Department
Career position - Botanist to the Kimberley Exploration Expedition under Surveyor W. R. Easton
Career event - Published Botanical Notes, Kimberley Division of Western Australia, Forests Department Bulletin No. 32
Taxonomy event - Honoured with Eucalyptus gardneri Maiden
1924 - 1928
Career position - Botanist, West Australian Department of Agriculture
1924 - 1962
Career position - Lecturer in Botany, University of Western Australia
Taxonomy event - Collector of the type Eucalyptus albida Maiden & Blakely
Taxonomy event - Collector of the type Eucalyptus desmondensis Maiden & Blakely
Taxonomy event - Collector of the type Eucalyptus ovularis Maiden & Blakely
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus carnei C.A. Gardner
1928 - 1962
Career position - Government Botanist and Curator of the State Herbarium
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus coronata C.A. Gardner
1937 - 1939
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, England
Career position - President of the Royal Society of Western Australia
Award - Kelvin Medal, Royal Society of Western Australia
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus oleosa var. obtusa C.A. Gardner
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus oleosa var. plenissima C.A. Gardner
1952 - 1966
Career event - Published the series Trees of Western Australia in the Journal of Agriculture of Western Australia
Award - Clarke Medal, Royal Society of New South Wales
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus cupularis C.A. Gardner

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Archival resources

Western Australia Herbarium

  • Charles Austin Gardner - Records, 1923 - 1937; Western Australia Herbarium. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Kessell, S.L. and Gardner, C.A., Key to the eucalypts of Western Australia: with descriptive and botanical notes concerning all arborescent species of eucalyptus known to be indigenous to Western Australia (Perth, W.A.: Forests Department, 1924), 128 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: C. A. Gardner, MBE', Journal of the Royal Society of Western Australia, 53 (2) (1970), 63. Details
  • 'Obituary: C. A. Gardner, MBE', Western Australian Naturalist, 11 (7) (1970), 168-172. Details
  • Gardner, Walter, 'Charles Austin Gardner, MBE: From Boyhood to a Life of Great Achievement', New Norcia Studies, 11 (Sept.) (2003), 38-48. Details
  • Marchant, Neville, 'Documenting a flora: a History of the Western Australian Herbarium and its Collections', Early Days: Journal of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, 12 (2005), 566-83. Details
  • Perry, D. H., 'In the Footsteps of James Drummond with Charles Austin Gardner', Western Australian Naturalist, 11 (8) (1971), 178-180. Details


See also

  • 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
  • Underwood, Roger, A Botanical Journey: the Story of the Western Australian Herbarium (Perth: Department of Environment and Conservation, 2011), 282 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.