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Biographical entry Cambage, Richard Hind (1859 - 1928)

7 November 1859
Applegarth, New South Wales, Australia
28 November 1928
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Surveyor and Botanist


Richard Cambage worked for the Department of Mines 1885 to 1924, retiring as superintendent of explosives. He made plant collections in 1880-1890 for William Woolls, who gave him botanical lessons. He made significant studies on Eucalyptus and Acacia, and Acacia cambagei and Eucalyptus cambageana were named in his honour.


Born Applegarth, near Milton, New South Wales, 7 November 1859. Died Sydney, 28 November 1928. CBE 1925. Pupil-teacher, Ulladulla Public School; trained as a surveyor 1877-82; helped to survey National Park 1880; draftsman, Department of Lands 1882-85; mining surveyor, Department of Mines 1885-1902, chief mining surveyor 1902-16, under-secretary and warden 1916-17, superintendent of explosives 1917-24. Member of the board of examiners for licensed surveyors 1903-18, lecturer on surveying, Sydney Technical College 1909-15. President, Institution of Surveyors, New South Wales 1907-09, president, Royal Society of New South Wales 1912 and 1923, president, Wild Life Preservation Society of Australia 1913, president, Linnean Society 1924, president, (Royal) Australian Historical Society 1924, president, New South Wales branch, Australian Forest League 1928; founding honorary secretary, Australian National Research Council 1919-26, president 1926-28, organised the Second Pan Pacific Science Congress held in Melbourne and Sydney 1923. Attended the conference on reorganisation of the Commonwealth Institute of Science and Industry 1925, presided over the Hobart meeting of the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science 1928.


Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus oreades R.T.Bak. Cambage was joint collector of the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus moorei Maiden & Cambage
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus parvifolia Cambage ( = Eucalyptus parvula L.A.S.Johnson & K.D.Hill)
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus cambageana Maiden was named for Cambage.
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus benthamii Maiden & Cambage
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus kybeanensis Maiden & Cambage
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus mitchelliana Cambage
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus blaxlandii Maiden & Cambage
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus pumila Cambage
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus cullenii Cambage
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus yarraensis Maiden & Cambage; Cambage also collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus x bucknellii Cambage

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


  • Maiden, J.H.; Cambage, R.H. and Blakely, William Faris, A Critical Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus (Sydney: Government Printer, 1903). Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Cambage, R., 'Richard Hind Cambage, 1859-1928', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 59 (1934), 435-447. Details
  • Cambage, R. H., Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 53 (1) (1928), 6. Details
  • Cambage, R.H., 'Biographical Sketches of Some of the Members of the Philosophical Society of Australasia', Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, lv (1921), xxxiii-xlii. Details
  • Cambage, R.H., 'Exploration Between the Wingecarribee, Shoalhaven, Macquarie and Murrumbidgeee Rivers', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, 7 (1921). Details
  • Maiden, J.H. and Cambage, R.H., 'Botanical, Topographical and Geological Notes on Some Routes of Allan Cunningham', Journal and Proceedings of The Royal Society of New South Wales, xliii (1909), 123-138. 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.