Collecting localities




Blackwood, Beatrice


(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 1: Cyclopaedia of collectors)


Born: 1889, London, England.



Ethnographer-anthropologist, educated at Oxford (B.S. 1923); Research Assistant to Prof. A. Thomson, 1918-21; Departmental Demonstrator, Dept of Human Anatomy, Univ. of Oxford, 1921-24; travel and research in U.S.A. and Canada with L. Spelman Rockefeller Memorial Fellowship, 1924-27; since 1928 University Demonstrator in Ethnology at Oxford, and since 1936 Lecturer in the Dept of Ethnology (Pitt Rivers Museum) there.

In 1929-30 she visited the Solomon Islands;1 in 1936-37 she stayed during nine months among the Kukukuku in SE. New Guinea for the purpose of studying the life of a modern Stone Age people.2


Collecting localities:

1936-38. NE. New Guinea: valley of the Upper Watut River and the mountains on either side of it (between 3500-6000 ft) in Morobe Distr. (Aug. 1936-Apr. 1937); SW. New Britain, among the Arawe people (Bismarck Arch.) (May-Aug. 1937), including a short stay on Umboi Isl.; NE. New Guinea: Madang Distr.; among the Bosmun people of the Lower Ramu River (Oct. 1937-Jan. 1938).

She paid a brief visit to New Ireland in 1929 (while waiting for transport), but did no botanical work there.



Herb. Kew [K]: c. 250 spp. from New Guinea mainland and 50 from New Britain (pres. 1937)3, also a collection in 1931 (from the Solomon Islands).



(1) B. Blackwood: ‘Both sides of Buka Passage’ (Oxford 1935, List of identified plants on p. 592-594) ; ‘Treatment of the sick in the Solomon Islands’ (Folk-Lore 46, 1935, p. 148-161).

(2) B. Blackwood: ‘Use of plants among the Kukukuku of Southeast-central New Guinea’ (Proc. 6th Pac. Sci. Congr. 1939, vol. 4, 1940, p. 111-126); ‘Folk-stories of a Stone-Age People in New Guinea’ (in Folk-Lore 50, 1939, p. 209-242).

(3) Some figs described by V.S. Summerhayes in Journ. Arn. Arbor. 22, 1941, p. 81-109.