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Biographical entry White, Cyril Tenison (1890 - 1950)

17 August 1890
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
16 August 1950
Kangaroo Point, Queensland, Australia
Botanical collector and Botanist


Cyril Tenison White was Queensland Government Botanist from 1917 to 1950. He was a grandson of F.M. Bailey, who also held the position of Queensland Government Botanist, and started as his pupil-assistant in 1905. White's interests were taxonomy botany, particularly of woody plants, and economic botany. He made significant contributions to knowledge of the flora of Queensland and northern New South Wales, and was regarded as an authority on tropical plants. His collecting trips took him throughout north eastern Australia, New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and New Caledonia. The Queensland Herbarium holds thousands of his collections. White's advice was sought frequently on weeds, poisonous plants and horticultural questions. He published extensively in the Queensland journal of agriculture, and his major books included An elementary textbook of Australian forest botany (1922) and Principles of botany for Queensland farmers (1938). White was an active member of the Royal Society of Queensland and served three terms as President of the Queensland Naturalists' Club.



1917 - 1950
Career position - Government Botanist, Queensland Herbarium
Career position - President, Queensland Naturalists' Club
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus whitei Maiden & Blakely was named in his honour. White also collected syntype material
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus orgadophila Maiden & Blakely. White collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus microneura Maiden & Blakely. White collected the type
Career position - President, Queensland Naturalists' Club
Taxonomy event - Co-author of Eucalyptus tenuipes (Maiden & Blakely) Blakely & C.T.White
Taxonomy event - Co-author of Eucalyptus curtisii Blakely & C.T.White
Career position - Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, U.K.
Career position - Australian Botanical liaison Officer to Kew Gardens, London
Career position - President, Queensland Naturalists' Club
Award - Mueller Medal, Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus gilbertensis (Maiden & Blakely) S.T. Blake. White collected the type

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Archival resources

Queensland Herbarium

  • Cyril Tenison White - Records, 1920 - 1951; Queensland Herbarium. Details

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Journal Articles

  • 'Obituary: Cyril Tenison White', Australian Journal of Science, 13 (2) (1950), 43. Details
  • Bean, A. R., 'C. T. White's botanical survey and collections from Papua in 1918', Austrobaileya, 9 (2) (2014), 244-62. Details
  • Blake, S. T., 'Cyril Tenison White, 1890-1950', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, 62 (1952), 35-48. Details
  • Herbert, D. A., 'Cyril Tenison White', Queensland naturalist, 14 (3) (1951), 43-7. Details
  • White, C. T., 'The Bailey Family and its Place in the Botanical History of Australia', The Journal of the Historical Society of Queensland, 3 (5) (1945), 362-368. Details
  • White, C.T., 'Henry Tryon, First Honorary Secretary, Royal Society of Queensland, and His Place in Queensland Science', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, lvi (8) (1945), 44-80. Details
  • White, C.T., 'F.M. Bailey: His Life and Work', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland, lxi (1950), 105-114. 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., Moje, C. & Walsh, N.