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Biographical entry Camfield, Julius Henry (1852 - 1916)

30 March 1852
Islington, England
26 November 1916
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


Julius Camfield was overseer 1882-1912 of the Garden Palace Grounds, which had been established within the Botanic Gardens for the 1879 Sydney International Exhibition. He also helped to collect for J.H. Maiden's National Herbarium of New South Wales and compiled his own small herbarium which he presented to the Botanic Gardens in 1912.


Born Islington, London, England, 30 March 1852. Died Sydney, 26 November 1916. Apprenticed as a gardener. Head gardener on several estates near London; arrived Sydney 1882; overseer, Garden Palace Grounds 1882-1912; overseer, inner Domain, an amalgamation of the Garden Palace Grounds with part of Government House gardens 1912-16.


1882 - 1912
Overseer of the Inner Domain, Sydney Botanic Gardens
J.H. Maiden honoured him with the naming of Eucalyptus camfieldii Maiden

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Lyons, Mark; Pettigrew, C. J., 'Camfield, Julius Henry (1852-1916), gardener and horticulturist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle, eds, vol. 7 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1979), pp. 539-540. Details

Journal Articles

  • Froggatt, Walter W., 'The Curators and Botanists of the Botanic Gardens, Sydney.', Royal Australian Historical Society, xviii (III) (1932), 101-133. 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.