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Biographical entry Dalrymple-Hay, Richard (1861 - 1943)

3 October 1861
Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia
9 December 1943
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical collector, Conservationist and Forester
Alternative Names
  • Hay, Richard Dalrymple


Richard Dalrymple-Hay was the first Commissioner of Forests in New South Wales. In 1895, as Chief Forester he was placed in charge of the first State forest conservation staff. As a forest Commissioner, he secured state control of forests and contributed to the first acts of forest legislation. In the 1920s, he proposed the acquisition of land for a demonstration forest. The remaining forest, in suburban St Ives, Sydney, is still known as the Dalrymple-Hay Nature Reserve. Richard Dalrymple-Hay was honoured by the botanist Joseph Maiden, who named a eucalypt species Eucalyptus dalrympleana in Richard Dalrymple-Hay's memory.



1910 - 1916
Career position - Chief Forester, New South Wales State Forest
1916 - 1925
Career position - Chief Commissioner, New South Wales State Forest
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus dalrympleana Maiden was named in his honour
1925 - 1926
Career position - Commissioner, New South Wales State Forest

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Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration (Crows Nest Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2010), 344 pp. 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

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