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Biographical entry Bowman, Edward McArthur (1826 - 1872)

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
30 June 1872
Clermont Downs, Queensland, Australia
Botanical collector


Edward Bowman was a botanical collector who, after sporadic employment in the decade from 1849, became a prolific collector of plant specimens in New South Wales, and in Queensland from 1861. He collected for several botanists including Victorian Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller, and is known for his discovery of the palm Ptychosperma alexandrae. He is also commemorated in other species such as Agaricus, Boronia, Cyperus, Dendrobium, Eremophila, Pimelea, and Ricinocarpos. The National Herbarium of Victoria holds over 2,000 of Bowman's specimens.



1849 - 1851?
Career position - Commissioner for Crown Lands for Camden, Narellan, Picton and Campbell Town Police Districts, New South Wales
1851 - 1853
Career position - Assistant Gold Commissioner, New South Wales
1854 - 1855
Career position - Shepherd for Mr Hardy of Yass district, New South Wales
Life event - Moved to Queensland
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus bowmanii F. Muell. was named in his honour

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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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