New Guinea Forces now New Guinea Forests (NGF series)


(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)


at Lae, Papua New Guinea. 



In July and August, 1944, C.T. White from Brisbane Herbarium, and Dr H.E. Dadswell went to New Guinea to conduct a school for the forestry units, headquarters at Lae, Mandated Territory, NE. New Guinea, giving them notes on the timber trees of New Guinea. The school lasted a fortnight. The afternoons and some full days were given over entirely to practical work in the field. They initiated there a fairly extensive collecting program and a large number of specimens were collected. These have been given N.G.F. (= New Guinea Forces) numbers; they may or may not be accompanied by the collector’s name. The N.G.F. series, originally started during World War II, was continued after 1945.

The collections reached about 1200 numbers when transferred to Civil Administration; the location to end of 1945 were Biak 8, Morotai 14, Noemfoor 19, New Guinea mainland 798, New Britain 112, Bougainville (not included here in the Malaysian region) 51, Admiralty Islands 33, Papua 100. 

Main collectors were L.S. Smith and H.K.C. Mair both botanists. After the war collections have been expanded considerably, mainly by Mr J.S. Womersley, but with considerable contributions by E. Allan, J.H. Barrett, A. Floyd, D. Fryar, E. Gray, A. Hart, W. Heather, M.F.C. Jackson, G. McDonald, D. McIntosh, J. Schacht, and others.



E. Allan*

D. Fryar*

W.A. Heather*

H.K.C. Mair*

L.S. Smith*

J.H. Barrett

Michael Galore*

M.F.C. Jackson*

R. Ridgwell*

C.T. White*

H.E. Dadswell

E.C.G. Gray*

G. McDonald*

A.E.H. Ross*

J.S. Womersley*

A.G. Floyd*

A.J. Hart*

D.H. McIntosh*

W.H. Schacht*


Further data about the collectors whose names are provided with an asterisk can be looked up in situ.




[FM 1, 1] The material is fairly bulky and much of it being collected by non-professional botanists and under difficult field conditions is not very good; in Herb. Brisbane [BRI]. Dupl. will be distributed to Kew [K], Arn. Arbor. [A] and Leiden [L].

[FM 1, 5] The plants are preserved in For. Herb. Lae [LAE], Brisbane [BRI], Canberra [CANB] and eventually dupl. in Herb. Arn. Arb. [A], Kew [K], Leiden [L], Bogor [BO], Sing. [SING], and Imp. For. Inst. Oxford [FHO].

[FM 1, 8] Also dupl. in Herb. Edinb. [E].

[FM 1, 1] Some of the material has been dealt with, some of the specimens being described in the Journ. Arn. Arbor., and in the Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensl.

[FM 1, 1] Wood samples deposited in the Forests Products Lab., C.S.I.R., Melbourne.

[FM 1, 8] After no 50.000 the series letters were changed into LAE.