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John MacGILLIVRAY (1822-1867)


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John MacGillivray was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, on 18 December 1822.

He was botanist on the voyages of H.M.S. Rattlesnake (Captain Owen Stanley, 1847­1850), collecting at Port Curtis, Rockingham Bay, Port Molle, Cape York, Gould Island, Lizard Island and Moreton Islands in Queensland, Port Essington (Northern Territory) and visiting Sydney (New South Wales) on several occasions. The expedition was in Hobart, Tasmania, in June 1847 and also surveyed in Bass Strait, and on the southern coast of New Guinea and the Louisiade Archipelago. He was a member of expeditions to the Fly and Bramble Rivers in 1842­1846, and on the voyage of the Herald (1852­1861), which visited, inter alia, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Dirk Hartog Island and Shark Bay, Western Australia.

MacGillivray died in Sydney, New South Wales, on 6 June 1867.

(See: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed., ABRS.)


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