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Biographical entry Armit, William Edington (1848 - 1901)

Born
10 May 1848
Liège, Belgium
Died
3 January 1901
Samarai, New Guinea
Occupation
Explorer and Naturalist

Summary

William Armit led an expedition to New Guinea in 1883 which included the eccentric American scientist, Professor W. Denton. He worked as a journalist and naturalist in North Queensland until 1893 when he returned to New Guinea to a succession of public service posts.

Details

Born Liège, Belgium, 10 May 1848. Died New Guinea, 3 January 1901. Arrived Australia ca 1870. Stockman, Cleveland Bay, Queensland 1870-72, sub-inspector, Queensland Native Police 1872-82, Melbourne "Argus" special correspondence in command of expedition to New Guinea 1883, journalist and naturalist, Port Douglas and Cooktown 1883-93, private secretary to the administrator of New Guinea 1893-95, sub-collector of customs, Sumarai 1895-97, assistant resident magistrate, northern division 1899, resident magistrate 1899-1900.

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

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

  • Edward Pearson Ramsay - Records, 1860 - 1912, ML MSS 563; Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection, State Library of New South Wales. Details

Published resources

Book Sections

  • Gibbney, H. J., 'Armit, William Edington (1848-1901), policeman, journalist, explorer and public servant', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 3, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1969, p. 48. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A030047b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Queensland Botanists', Australasian Association for Advancement of Science, vol. xii, 1909, pp. 373-383. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.