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Biographical entry O'Shanesy, Patrick Adams (1837 - 1884)

Ratto, County Kerry, Ireland
December 1884
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Botanical collector and Nurseryman


Patrick O'Shanesy was a nurseryman and botanical collector who, having trained in Scotland, arrived in Queensland in 1864 to join his brother John, also a nurseryman. They worked together in the Rockhampton area until Patrick established his own nursery in 1876. Patrick collected widely in central Queensland, sending many of his specimens to Ferdinand von Mueller in Melbourne. In the 1880s Patrick published on the botany of Springsure and a text on Queensland botany for beginners. The National Herbarium of Victoria holds over 2,000 specimens collected by the O'Shanesys, mainly Patrick.



1880 - 1884
Award - Member, Linnean Society of New South Wales

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Published resources


  • O'Shanesy, P. A., Contributions to the flora of Queensland, with an epitome of botany for beginners (Rockhampton, Qld: Daily Northern Argus, 1880), 82 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • O'Shanesy, P. A., 'The botany of the Springsure district', Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, 6 (1881), 730-44. Details

See also

  • Aitken, Richard and Looker, Michael eds, The Oxford Companion to Australian Gardens (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 2002), 700 pp. Details
  • George, Alex S., Australian botanist's companion (Kardinya, W.A.: Four Gables Press, 2009), 671 pp. Details

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