C1864

Plan of the Government House Reserve Botanic Garden and its Domain indicating the Principal Plantations Drawn Under the Direction of Dr. F. v Mueller

Mapmaker:

Ernst Bernhard Heyne (1825 - 1881)

Rare large scale map of the Melbourne Government House Reserve, Botanic Gardens and surrounding lands by Ferdinand von Mueller who had had been appointed Government Botanist for Victoria by Governor Charles La Trobe in 1853 as 1,250 director of the … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Plan of the Government House Reserve Botanic Garden and its Domain indicating the Principal Plantations Drawn Under the Direction of Dr. F. v Mueller

Date:

C1864

Mapmaker:

Ernst Bernhard Heyne (1825 - 1881)

Condition:

In good condition, with folds as issued. Laid onto archival linen.

Technique:

Hand coloured lithograph.

Image Size: 

600mm 
x 535mm

Paper Size: 

647mm 
x 572mm
AUTHENTICITY
Plan of the Government House Reserve Botanic Garden and its Domain indicating the Principal Plantations Drawn Under the Direction of Dr. F. v Mueller - Antique Map from 1864

Genuine antique
dated:

1864

Description:

Rare large scale map of the Melbourne Government House Reserve, Botanic Gardens and surrounding lands by Ferdinand von Mueller who had had been appointed Government Botanist for Victoria by Governor Charles La Trobe in 1853 as 1,250 director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, a position he held until 1873. The map includes a detailed list of the species planted at the time and their location. There is an extensive index and key at left.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 3417359
State Library Victoria: MAPS 821.08 

Mapmaker:

Ferdinand von Mueller (1825–1896)
Von Mueller was a botanist, trained in pharmacy and botany in his native Germany before emigrating to Adelaide in 1847. Appointed inaugural government botanist in Melbourne in 1853, over the next few years he collected specimens of much of Victoria’s native vegetation, spending many months in previously-unexplored alpine country. As botanist to the North Australian Exploring Expedition in 1855, he travelled 8 000 km in 16 months, identifying some 800 new species and finding them their place in the universal classification system developed by Linnaeus. In 1857 he was appointed director of the Melbourne Botanical Gardens, but their progress was slow and he was replaced in 1873. By that time, he had been appointed a baron by the King of Württemberg; he was appointed KCMG in 1879. Seeing both the commercial potential of native forests, and the need to preserve them, in the late 1870s he prepared a report on the resources of Western Australia, advocating the establishment of a forest administration. He was a fellow of the Royal Geographical, Linnaean and Royal Societies and was awarded a Royal Medal of the Royal Society in 1888.

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