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Ferdinand von Mueller 1866 Ferdinand von Mueller (1825 - 1896)

(Sir Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich von Mueller)

Born in Rostock, Germany, on 30 June 1825; died in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on 10 October 1896.

He studied pharmacy and took his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Kiel in 1847.

He came to South Australia in 1848 for health reasons.

He soon became a great botanical collector and writer.

He was Victorian Government Botanist from 1853, and for a time Director of the Botanic Gardens. He travelled widely in Victoria and was on the A.C.Gregory expedition to northern Australia in 1855-57. He supported botanical exploration and collecting throughout the colonies.

His botanical publications are very extensive, and include Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae published over the period 1858-82.

Dr Mueller received honours from many of the ruling Royal Houses of Europe, he was made a Baron by the King of Wurtemberg in 1871, and knighted by Queen Victoria.

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Archive of Mueller's correspondence (Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria)

Detailed biography (from the Australian Dictionary of Biography)


Collecting localities for 'Mueller, F.' from AVH (2024)

Data from 28,178 specimens
(Many collection localities on this map appear to be from areas that Mueller did not visit.
In some cases his name may have been added to the labels of specimens collected by his wide network of correspondents.)

collecting locality map for 'Mueller, F.'

Portrait Photo: Derived from a carte de visite photograph by J.W.Lindt, East Melbourne, taken c. 1876–1884. Original image H37475/24 held by the State Library of Victoria,

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