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Biographical entry Harvey, William Henry (1811 - 1866)

5 February 1811
Summerville, Limerick, Ireland
15 May 1866
Torquay, Devonshire, England


William Harvey was Professor of Botany at Trinity College Dublin between 1848 and 1866. He travelled in Australia between 1854 and 1856 acquiring a large natural history collection.

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

  • William Henry Harvey - Records, 1855 - 1860; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • William Henry Harvey - Records, 1854, MS 7527; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Harvey, W. H., The Contented Botanist: Letters of W.H. Harvey About Australia and the Pacific (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), 413 pp. Details
  • Willis, J. H., Botanical Pioneers in Victoria, vol. 66 ([Melbourne]: [Brown Pier Anderson], 1949), 19 pp. Details

Book Sections

Conference Papers

  • Wyse Jackson, P. and Jones, M. Spencer, 'W.H. Harvey's Bryozoans from Australia (1854-1856)', in Bryozoans in Space and Time: Proceedings of the 10th International Bryozoology Association Conference, Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington , N.Z. 1995 edited by D.P. Gordon, A.M. Smith, J.A. Grant-Mackie (Wellington: National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, 1996), pp. 401-412.. Details

Edited Books

  • Fisher, L.J. ed., Memoir of W. H. Harvey, with Selections From His Journal and Correspondence (London: 1869). Details

Journal Articles

  • Ducker, Sophie C., 'W. H. Harvey in New South Wales: Letters by the Phycologist W. H. Harvey, Written in New South Wales in 1855', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 115 (1995), 213-223. Details
  • Lucas, H.S., 'A Pioneer Botanist in Victoria', Victorian Naturalist, 50 (12) (1933), 186-190. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Victorian Botanists', Victorian Naturalist, 25 (1908), 101-117. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Australian Botanists - (a) General, (b) New South Wales', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, xlii (1908), 60-132. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Tasmanian Botanists', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania (1909), 9-29. Details
  • Parnell, John A. N., Womersley, H. Bryan S., Sinkora, Doris, Vaughan, Alison and Huisman, John M., 'W. H. Harvey's Australian Travelling Set of Algae in the Herbarium of Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and the National Herbarium of Victoria (MEL), Australia', Biology and Environment: Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy, 110B (2) (2010), 119-61. Details
  • Webb, D. A., 'William Henry Harvey...and the tradition of systematic botany', Hermathena, 103 (1966). Details


See also

  • Henderson, M. Helen and Henderson, William G., The greater prize than gold: Augustus Oldfield, nineteenth century botanical collector and ethnographer (Perth, W.A.: The Book Reality Experience, 2018), 520 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.