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Biographical entry Baxter, William (c. 1792 - )

c. 1792
Botanical collector and Gardener


William Baxter worked for private British employers as well as Australian botanical gardens as a gardener and botanical collector. Between 1823 and 1830 he collected in Kangaroo Island (South Australia), Sound, Cape Arid and Lucky Bay (Western Australia), and Wilson's Promontory, Victoria. Many of his specimens are now held at the British Museum of Natural History and the herbarium at Kew Botanic Gardens, England. The genus Baxteria and a number of species were named in his honour.



1823 - ?
Career event - Collected specimens in Kangaroo Island, S.A., King George Sound, Cape Arid and Lucky Bay, in W.A., and Wilson's Promontory, Vic for British nursery
1828 - 1829
Career event - Collected on behalf of the Sydney Botanical Gardens and English private employers
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus baxteri Maiden & Blakely was named for Baxter, who collected the type

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


See also

  • Barker, R. M.; W. R., 'Botanical Contributions Overlooked: the Role and Recogition of Collectors, Horticulturalists, Explorers and Others in the Early Documentation of the Australian Flora', in History of Systematic Botany in Australasia: Proceedings of a Symposium Held at the University of Melbourne, 25-27 May 1988 edited by Short, P.S. (Melbourne: Australian Systematic Botany Society, 1990), pp. 37-86.. Details
  • 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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