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Biographical entry Dwyer, Joseph Wilfrid (1869 - 1939)

12 October 1869
East Maitland, New South Wales, Australia
11 October 1939
Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical collector and Clergyman


Ordained a priest in 1894, Joseph Dwyer later became Bishop of Wagga. Australian botany and the native flora became a great interest to him, and living in many different areas of New South Wales enabled him to study the variety of native flora. He made collections from plants growing in the areas he lived in and visited. In1920 he joined the Linnean Society of New South Wales.

Joseph Dwyer published 'A Floral Survey of the South West Slopes of New South Wales around Temora and Barmedman' in 1918.

Part of his botanical specimen collection was handed to the Australian National Herbarium (formerly Canberra Botanical Gardens) in 1966. Many of his books are now in the Australian National Botanic Gardens library.



Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus dwyerii Maiden & Blakeley was named for Dwyer.

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Journal Articles

  • Dwyer, J.W., 'A Floral Survey of the South Western Slopes of N.S. Wales Round about Temora and Barmedman', The Australian Naturalist [vol. 4, 1918-1921], 4 (1918), 212-224. 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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