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Biographical entry Johnston, Robert Mackenzie (1843 - 1918)

27 November 1843
Connage, Inverness, Scotland
20 April 1918
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Statistician and Naturalist
Alternative Names
  • Johnstone, Robert Mackenzie


Robert Johnston arrived in Tasmania in 1870 and after working as an accountant for the Launceston and Western Railway and Government Railways was appointed Government Statistician and Registrar-General 1882. Johnston was also interested in botany and geology, and he explored and collected specimens widely throughout Tasmania



1882 - 1918
Career position - Government Statistician and Registrar-General of Tasmania
1897 - 1911
Career position - Vice-President, Royal Society of Tasmania
1916 - 1917
Vice-President, Royal Society of Tasmania
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus johnstonii Maiden was named for Johnston

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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

Royal Society of Tasmania

  • Robert Mackenzie Johnston - Records, 1871 - 1899, Ms 76, RSA/A.17(J); Royal Society of Tasmania. Details

University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection

  • Robert Mackenzie Johnston - Records, 1882 - 1884, J.3; University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Johnston, Robert Mackenzie, Systematic Account of the Geology of Tasmania (Government Printer, 1888), 408 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration (Crows Nest Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2010), 344 pp. Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Heyde, C. C., 'Official statistics in the late colonial period leading on to the work of the first Commonwealth Statistician, G. H. Knibbs', Australian Journal of Statistics, 30 (B) (1988), 23-43. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Australian Botanists', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, lv (1921), 60-132; 150-169. 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

McCarthy, G.J.