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Biographical entry Archer, William (1820 - 1874)

Born
1820
Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Died
15 October 1874
Cressy, Tasmania, Australia
Occupation
Botanist, Politician and Architect

Summary

William Archer, born in Launceston, Tasmania, studied architecture in England and designed many Tasmanian buildings. His interest in botany led to his study at Kew Gardens, England 1856-1858 and his contribution of drawings to J.D. Hooker's Flora Tasmaniae.

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Events

1836 - 1840
Education - Studied architecture and surveying under William Rogers in London
1841 - 1842
Career position - Worked with the Engineer at Robert Stephenson at Newcastle upon Tyne, UK
1842
Life event - Returned to Tasmania
1842 - 1853
Career position - Architect. Location: England (?)
1844 -
Career position - Manager of the family farm in Tasmania
1851 - 1855
Career position - Member of the Legislative Council for Westbury, Tasmania
1856 - 1858
Career position - Botanical studies in England
1860 - 1862
Career position - Member of the House of Assembly for Devon, Tasmania
1866 - 1868
Career position - Member of the House of Assembly for Deloraine, Tasmania
1929
Taxonomy event - Honoured with Eucalyptus archeri Maiden & Blakely. Archer collected the type

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • William Archer - Records, 1965; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales

  • Linnean Society of London - Records, 1792 - 1870, FM 4/2699; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection

  • William Archer - Records, 1847 - 1874, A.7; University of Tasmania Library, Special/Rare Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Stilwell, G. T., 'Archer, William (1820-1874), architect, naturalist, landowner and politician', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 3, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969, pp. 40-41. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030044b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Hansen, Anita, 'The Significance of "H" in William H. Archer in Australian Herbarium Collections', Kanunnah, vol. 3, 2008, pp. 94-7. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Tasmanian Botanists', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1909, pp. 9-29. Details

Theses

  • Hansen, A., 'The illustrations and work of William Archer', M Fine Arts, University of Tasmania, 2007, 494 pp. Details

Online Resources

See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material, CSIRO, Melbourne, 1978, 101 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J. & Walsh, N.