Thomas Reedy 1842-1929: gardener for Sir William Macarthur and plant collector on the Chevert Expedition to New Guinea in 1875

  • Thomas Reedy (1842-1929), gardener from 1854-1926 at Camden Park, the family estate of the Macarthurs in western Sydney was sent by Sir William Macarthur on the Chevert Expedition to New Guinea in 1875. He collected plants on islands off the Queensland coast; Cape Grenville; around the Somerset outpost on the tip of Cape York; on islands in the Torres Strait; and around two locations on the mainland of southern Papua New Guinea. Reedy sent or brought back 800-1000 living plants, in addition to an unknown number of seeds, and at least 157 dried specimens, the latter sent to Baron Ferdinand von Mueller in Melbourne. This study is focused on locating the dried plant specimens now held in herbaria and highlighting their significance. Reedy is something of an enigma with little ever written about him. His initial has been presented erroneously since 1875 and has gone through various morphs including J, P, M and T; searches for Reedy best use all these initials or just his family name.

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Author:Graham R. Fulton
DOI: 10.7751/cunninghamia.2016.16.007
ISSN:0727- 9620
ISSN:2200 - 405X
Parent Title (English):Cunninghamia : a journal of plant ecology for eastern Australia
Document Type:Article
Year of first Publication:2016
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/10/23
Tag:Baron von Mueller; Camden Park; Chevert; Sir William Macleay
Page Number:13
First Page:51
Last Page:63
Dewey Decimal Classification:5 Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / 58 Pflanzen (Botanik) / 580 Pflanzen (Botanik)
Sammlungen:Sammlung Biologie / Sondersammelgebiets-Volltexte
Zeitschriften / Jahresberichte:Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia / Cunninghamia : A Journal of Plant Ecology for Eastern Australia, Volume 16 (2016)
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht