Collecting localities



Biographical data


Chinnery, Ernest William Pearson


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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 8: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement II)


Born: 1887, Waterloo, Vict., Australia.



Was educated in anthropology at Christ’s College, Cambridge; Magistrate in Papua, 1909-21 (in 1917 Acting Resident Delta Division); anthropological study of native labour in Papua, 1921-24; Govt Anthropologist, Mandated Territory New Guinea, 1924-32 (in 1930 Rockefeller Fellowship Human Biology, U.S.A. and Europe); Director District Service and Native Affairs Mandated Territory and Member Executive and Legislative Councils, 1932-38; Director Native Affairs, Northern Territory, Australia, 1938-46; Official Adviser native matters Dept of the Interior, 1938-47; at present a member (representing Australia) of the Trusteeship Committee of U.N.O. He took a leading part in the exploration and discovery of New Guinea, and is the author of numerous anthropological and ethnographical papers.

Author of a paper on the Central Mountains of E. New Guinea (Mt Hagen region etc.) in Geogr. J. 84, 1934, p. 398-412.

He was also the collector of 40 sugar-cane varieties for the Colonial Sugar Refining Co. of Australia in 1921 (cf. Hawaiian Plant. Rec. 55, 1958, p. 213; Cane Growers’ Quart. Bull. Brisbane 15, 1951, p. 40).


Collecting localities:

SE. New Guinea, Papua. 1917. When exploring in the Central Division in the neighbourhood of Mts Yule, Chapman, Strong and St Mary (end of Febr.-May),1 a collection was made on the look-out Pitzoka in the Avau-Muri Valley (March 3-7) and at the Poto Range (9) at an alt. of 7 to 8000 ft.-1921. Papua: in the district of Korigo, Orama, and Durom on the side of Mt Obree in the Owen Stanley Range at c. 700-1000 m alt.



A collection of ferns and lycopods was made for classification. ?Herb. Brisbane [BRI]. He made an entomological collection too.



(1) cf. Ann. Rep. Papua for 1916/17, App. C, p. 50-59 (fauna and flora cf. l.c. p. 64).


biographical data:

Pacif. Isl. Monthly l, no 7, 1931, p. 7 (non vidi); Who’s who in Australia 1947.