Explorations – No 18 Jun 1995

(issued December 1997)


R.W. HOME & Sara MAROSKE, Ferdinand von Mueller and the French Consuls

Published here for the first time is a fascinating series of letters (May 1883 to November 1895) from the eminent botanist and explorer Ferdinand von Mueller, Victoria’s Government Botanist from 1853 until his death on 10 October 1896, to successive French Consuls-General in Melbourne. The letters are preceded by an examination of von Mueller’s work in Australia. The letters shed light on his plant exchange activities, especially with the French colonies in North Africa.

Keywords: Ferdinand von Mueller, Comte de Castelnau, Botanic Gardens of Melbourne, Zoological Society of Victoria, Frederick McCoy, Léon Dejardin, Francois Bruwaert, Paul Maistre, Australian-French scientific links


Jean Chaussivert and Maurice Blackman, eds, Louis Pasteur and the Pasteur Institute in Australia. Papers from a symposium held at the University of New South Wales, 4-5 September, 1987, to mark the centenary of the Pasteur Institute, reviewed by Wallace Kirsop