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Biographical entry Oldfield, Augustus Frederick (1820 - 1887)

12 January 1820
London, England
22 May 1887
Botanical collector and Botanist


Augustus Oldfield was a botanical collector in Tasmania in the late 1850s. He made major collections along the coast of Western Australia from the Murchison River to King George Sound, as well as across the Nullabor Plain. A collection of Oldfield's specimens is housed in the National Herbarium of Victoria.



Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus eudesmioides F. Muell. Oldfield collected the type or syntype
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus erythrocorys F. Muell. Oldfield collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus oldfieldii F. Muell. Was named for Oldfield, who also collected the type
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus patens Benth. Oldfield collected the type or syntype
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus redunca Schau. var. elata Benth. (= Eucalyptus wandoo Blakely (1934)). Oldfield collected the type or syntype material

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

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

Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney

  • Augustus Frederick Oldfield - Records, 1865 - 1887; Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Henderson, M. Helen and Henderson, William G., The greater prize than gold: Augustus Oldfield, nineteenth century botanical collector and ethnographer, The Book Reality Experience, Perth, W.A., 2018, 520 pp. Details
  • Oldfield, Augustus, On the Aborigines of Australia, with an introduction by Helen HENDERSON, Herpserian Press, Carlisle, W.A., 2005, 74 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Tasmanian Botanists', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1909, pp. 9-29. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J.