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Biographical entry Carne, Walter Mervyn (1885 - 1952)

16 September 1885
Croydon, New South Wales, Australia
20 November 1952
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical collector, Botanist and Plant pathologist


Walter Carne was supervisor of fresh fruit and vegetable exports for the Victorian Department of Commerce and Agriculture 1941-1950. Earlier he worked as a plant pathologist for CSIR in Western Australia and Tasmania 1929-1941. He was the son of Joseph Edmund Carne and the brother of Alan McArthur Carne. In 1928, the botanist Charles Gardner named Eucalyptus carnei in his honour.


Born Sydney, 16 September 1885. Died Sydney, 20 November 1952. Educated Sydney Technical College. Laboratory assistant, Hawkesbury Agricultural College 1906-11; scientific cadet, Department of Agriculture 1912-13; assistant agrostologist, Department of Agriculture 1914-15; 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance in the Middle East 1915-19; science master, Hawkesbury Agricultural College 1921-22; economic botanist and plant pathologist, Western Australian Department of Agriculture 1923-29, senior plant pathologist, Commonwealth Council for Scientific and industrial Research 1929-38; seconded to the Department of Commerce and Agriculture in Melbourne as supervisor of fresh fruit and vegetable exports 1938-41; joined the staff of the department 1941-50.


1923 - 1928
Career position - Economic Botanist and Plant Pathologist, West Australian Department of Agriculture
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus carnei C.A.Gardn. was named for Carne
1929 - 1936
Career position - Senior Plant Pathologist, CSIR
1941 - 1950
Career position - Employed by the Commonwealth Department of Commerce

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Joseph Edmund Carne - Records, 1911 - 1914, MS 2609; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Private hands (Carne, P.B.)

  • Walter Mervyn Carne - Records, 1885 - 1952; Private hands (Carne, P.B.). Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Martin, D., 'Obituary: Walter Mervyn Carne', Australian Journal of Science, 15 (4) (1953), 126-127. 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.