Collecting localities



Biographical data


Hinds, Richard Brinsley


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

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


Born: 1812. Died: 1847, Perth, W. Australia.



Surgeon-botanist attached to the expedition of the ‘Sulphur’ under command of Capt. Sir Edw. Belcher.

Author of some papers pertaining to the voyage.1

He was commemorated in the genus Hindsia Benn. and in several other plant species.


Collecting localities:

Voyage in the ‘Sulphur’, 1835-42;2 cf. also sub Barclay (the latter’s dates are often different from those of Belcher and Sinclair). Leaving Plymouth (Dec. 22, 1835); touching at Madeira, Teneriffe, Rio de Janeiro, Cape Horn, Valparaiso and many other places in S. and Centr. America; Sandwich Isls; NW. coast of America; S. America; Sandwich Isls; America; Marquesas Isls; Tahiti; Fiji Isls; New Hebrides; Bismarck Archipelago: New Ireland (July 5-16, 1840), Carteret Harbour; Britannia or d’Urville Isl. (= Kairu or Kairiru, July 26-27); Japen (Aug. 7-15); Isle of Amsterdam (23) and Middelburg (25); Pigeon Isl. (one of the Wai Isls, Aug. 27); Moluccas: Buru (Cajeli Bay, 31-Sept. 1); Ambon (Sept. 3-13); Buru (Cajeli Bay); sailing (Sept. 16) via Macassar (SW. Celebes) (24-30) to Singapore (Oct. 16-22), ordered to proceed to China to take part in the war operation; Philippines: Luzon, (Dec. l, 48 hours ashore); China; Singapore (Dec. 5-17, 1841), Malacca (Mal. Penins.) (20), Penang (27-Jan. 3, 1842); P. Bouro (or Malora) (l0, 12-13), visit to Acheen (= Atjeh, N. Sumatra) (Jan. I1); via Ceylon and the Cape, to England; Spithead (July 19, 1842).



Herb. Kew [K]: ‘Sulphur’ collection (ferns with Herb. Hooker), near 2000 species;3 Herb. Cambridge [CGE]; Imp. Bot. Gard. St Petersb. (= Leningrad [LE]): 107 from ‘Sulphur’ Exp.; Herb. Lindley (= Cambridge [CGE], Orch. in Kew [K]); Herb. Vienna [W], with Herb. Reichenbach: orchids ‘Sulphur’ Exp. He made zoological collections too.4



(1) R.B. Hinds: ‘On the permanent regions of alpine vegetation’ (Hook. Lond. Journ. Bot. 1, 1842, p. 128-133); ‘Remarks on the vegetation of the Feejee Islands, Tanna, New Ireland and New Guinea’ (l.c. p. 669-676); ‘The regions of vegetation; being an analysis of the distribution of vegetable forms over the surface of the globe in connexion with climate and physical agents’ (in Belcher, Narrative, (l.c. below vol. 2, p. 325-460; for the New Guinea region cf. p. 384-386).

(2) Sir Edw. Belcher: ‘Narrative of a voyage round the world performed in H.M.S. Sulphur during the years 1836-42’ (London 1843, 2 vols).

(3) G. Bentham: ‘Enumeration of the plants collected by R.B. Hinds Esq. and Mr. Barclay in the Feejee Islands, Tanna, New Ireland and New Guinea; to which are added a few species gathered in Amboyna by Mr. Barclay’ (Hook. Lond. Journ. Bot. 2, 1843, p. 211-240); ‘Botany of the voyage of H.M.S. Sulphur under the command of Edw. Belcher during the years 1836-42’ (London 1844-46, nos I-VI, 60 pl.).

Drawings of the ‘Botany of H.M.S. Sulphur’ by Miss Drake.

(4) Hinds edited ‘The zoology of H.M.S. Sulphur’ (London 1844); he himself was author of the 2nd vol., molluscs.


biographical data:

In Hemsley & Hooker, Biol. Centr.-Amer. 4, 1887, App. p. 128; Catal. Scient. Pap. 3, p. 358-359; Biogr. Index Britten & Boulger in Journ. Bot. 27, 1889, p. 114, and in 2nd ed. by Rendle, 1931; Backer, Verkl. Woordenb., 1936.