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Biographical entry Marchant, Neville Graeme (1939 - )

Botanist and Science administrator


Neville Marchant is a systematic botanist who joined the staff of the Western Australian Herbarium at 15 years old and retired 50 years later in 2005. His research centred in the families Droseraceae and Myrtaceae (particularly the genera Drosera, Agonis, Chamelaucium and Darwinia). He was heavily involved in the creation of FloraBase, the on-line database of the Western Australian flora. In addition he was a strong advocate for the repatriation of type specimens and of the necessity for voucher specimens. From 1996 to 2005 he was Curator of the Western Australian Herbarium.



Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to conservation and the environment in Western Australia, to native plant taxonomy, and to research and education
Education - BSc, University of Western Australia
1970 - 1989
Career position - Botanist, Western Australian Herbarium
1989 - 1992
Assistant Director, Western Australian Herbarium
1996 - 2005
Career position - Curator, Western Australian Herbarium
2001 - 2002
Career position - Australian Botanical Liaison Officer, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

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Published resources


  • Underwood, Roger, A Botanical Journey: the Story of the Western Australian Herbarium (Perth: Department of Environment and Conservation, 2011), 282 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Marchant, N. G, 'The contribution of the Russian botanist Turczaninov to Australian plant taxonomy' in History of systematic botany in Australasia, Short, P. S., ed. (South Yarra (Vic.): Australian Systematic Botany Society, 1990), pp. 121-30. Details
  • Marchant, N. G., 'The impact of James Drummond on Western Australian botany' in The Drummond Symposium: a review of the work of James Drummond, the first Government Botanist in Western Australia, Davies, S. J. J. F, ed. (Perth: Department Environmental Biology, Curtin University of Technology, 2005), pp. 15-26. Details
  • Marchant, N.G., 'Gardner, Charles Austin (1896-1970), Botanist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, John Ritchie, ed., vol. 14 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1996), pp. 248-249. Details
  • Marchant, Neville, 'Sargent, Oswald Hewlet (1880-1952), pharmacist and amateur botanist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Geoffrey Serle, ed., vol. 11 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1988), p. 523. Details

Conference Papers

  • Marchant, N.G., 'The Western Australian Collecting Localities of J.A.L. Preiss', 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. 131-136.. Details

Journal Articles

  • Lander, Nicholas, 'Neville Marchant - an appreciation', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 125 (2005), 11-2. Details
  • Marchant, N. G., 'Historical and recent observations of the flora of Garden Island, Western Australia', Research Notes (Western Australian Herbarium), 5 (1981), 49-62. Details
  • Marchant, Neville, 'Documenting a flora: a History of the Western Australian Herbarium and its Collections', Early Days: Journal of the Royal Western Australian Historical Society, 12 (2005), 566-83. Details


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