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Biographical entry Thozet, Anthelme (c. 1826 - 1878)

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Born
c. 1826
Chegnieu-la-Balme, France
Died
1878
Rockhampton, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Botanical collector and Gardener

Summary

Anthelme Thozet was a botanical collector and experimental gardener who, having fled the political disturbances in France in 1851, arrived in Australia with his wife in the mid-1850s. For two years he worked as a gardener at the Sydney Botanic Gardens, leaving there for the goldfields near Port Curtis, Queensland. Ultimately he settled in Rockhampton and established a private garden, which he called Muellerville, for the acclimatisation of exotic plants. He became an enthusiastic collector of plants, sending many specimens from the Rockhampton district to Mueller. In 1866 Thozet published Notes on some of the roots, tubers, bulbs, and fruits used as vegetable food by the Aboriginals of North Queensland. Thozet's wife, Maria Isabella (c.1836 - 1923) also collected plants in the Rockhampton area for Mueller, particularly cryptogams. The National Herbarium of Victoria holds over 1,400 specimens collected by the Thozets, mostly by Anthelme. Thozet also donated Aboriginal artefacts to the Museum national d'historie naturelle in Paris. The genus Thozetia was named in his honour by Mueller.

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Events

1856 - 1858
Career position - Gardener, Sydney Botanic Gardens
1858
Life event - Gardener, Sydney Botanic Gardens
1867 - 1878
Award - Fellow, Linnean Society of London

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Books

  • Thozet, A., Notes on some of the roots, tubers, bulbs, and fruits used as vegetable food by the Aboriginals of North Queensland, W. H. Buzacott, Rockhampton, Qld, 1866, 20 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Wells, Monika, 'Thozet, Anthelme (c.1826 - 1878)', in Aitken, Richard and Looker, Michael (eds), The Oxford companion to Australian gardens, Oxford University Press, South Melbourne, 2002, pp. 596-7. Details

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