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Biographical entry Bailey, John Frederick (1866 - 1938)

5 August 1866
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
19 May 1938
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Horticulturalist and Botanist


John Bailey was appointed Queensland Government Botanist in 1915 on the death of his father, F.M. Bailey, but in 1917 he accepted the directorship of the Botanic Garden, Adelaide. He retired in 1932.


Born Brisbane, 5 August 1866. Died Brisbane, 19 May 1938. Educated Divinity Hall, the Presbyterian training college. Assistant to his father in the botanical branch of Queensland's Department of Agriculture 1889-1905, member of an expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria with W.E. Roth, the northern protector of Aboriginals 1901; director, Botanic Gardens, Brisbane, 1905-17, government botanist of Queensland 1915-17, director, Botanic Garden, Adelaide 1917-32. President, Royal Society of Queensland 1909; president, Dahlia Society of South Australia.

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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

Queensland Herbarium

  • John Frederick Bailey - Records, 1912 - 1949; Queensland Herbarium. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Pulleine, R. H., 'The Botanical Colonisation of the Adelaide Plains', Proceedings of the Royal Geographical Society of South Australia, 35 (1935). Details


McCarthy, G.J.