Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
MacGillivray, John (1822 - 1867)
Collected specimens in the Northern Territory and Queensland, at Port Essington, Raine Island and perhaps other localities along the Great Barrier Reef and Torres Strait during Bremer and Blackwood's Expedition in the Fly, 1838. Botanist on the voyages of H.M.S. Rattlesnake (Captain Owen Stanley, 1847-1850), 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 1842-1846, and on the voyage of the Herald (1852-1861). On the latter expedition, which visited, inter alia, Lord Howe Island, New South Wales, Dirk Hartog Island and Shark Bay, Western Australia, he was accompanied by William Milne (?-1866). His herbarium is mainly in BM and K, with some duplicates in B, BO, E, G-DC, L, LA, MEL, MO, NY, P and W.
Extracted from: A.E.Orchard (1999) A History of Systematic
Botany in Australia, in Flora of Australia Vol.1, 2nd ed.,
ABRS. [consult for source references]