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Biographical entry Brooks, Albert Ellison (1908 - 1978)

16 August 1908
Cheltenham, Victoria, Australia
Environmental writer and Teacher


Albert Brooks was a mathematics teacher and school principal who became passionate about native plants, spending his vacations studying Australia's native flora all over Australia. In his 1964 book Tree Wonders of Australia, Albert Brooks mentions a giant Coolibah (Eucalyptus coolabah Blakely & Jacobs 1934), also known as the 'Monkira Monster'. The tree is located at Neuragully waterhole in Western Queensland. In 2010 the tree was still alive and has been protected from stock. Albert Brooks is believed to have been the founder of the Association of Societies for Growing Australian Plants (ASGAP) Correa Study Group and was the leader from 1962 to 1972.



1962 - 1972
Life event - Founder and leader of the ASGAP Correa Group

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  • Brooks, Albert Ellison, Australian native plants for home gardens (Melbourne: Lothian, 1959), 149 pp. Details
  • Brooks, Albert Ellison, Tree wonders of Australia (Sydney: Heinemann, 1964), 61 pp. Details
  • Brooks, Albert Ellison, Australia in the making (Melbourne: Lothian, 1970), 90 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration (Crows Nest Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2010), 344 pp. Details

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