Collecting localities



Biographical data


Tryon, Henry


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

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


Born: 1856, Buckfastleigh, South Devon, England. Died: Nov. 15, 1943, Brisbane, Australia.



A medical student who later turned to the study of natural history, developing an allround knowledge in all branches of natural science. He came to New Zealand, managing a grazing property for his father, a life which did not appeal to him. He made lengthy collecting tours. Hearing of the great possibilities of the sugar industry in N. Queensland he came to that country about 1882; in 1883 appointed Assistant at the Queensland Museum, and after some years Asst Curator; in 1894 Government Entomologist in the Dept of Agriculture and in 1901 also Govt Plant Pathologist, holding this dual position until his retirement in 1929.

In Aug. 1895 he was appointed to visit British New Guinea (now Papua) to collect sugar-cane varieties.

In 1912 he worked for some time at the Buitenzorg Herbarium.


Collecting localities:1

In 1895-96 in Papua: sailing from Brisbane (Aug. 26, 1895) for Thursday I.; from there (Sept. 14) to Port Moresby, coast E of it, Kemp Welch R. (collection lost), Caution Bay, Port Moresby, several weeks in Milne Bay and Samarai, Mullen’s Harbour area, and return to Cooktown (early Jan. 1896).



In the 4½ months he spent in New Guinea he collected 66 varieties of sugar-cane including the well-known ‘Badila’.

A very comprehensive report by him on his collections was unfortunately never printed (cf. White in Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensl. 34, 1922, p. 10-11).



(1) Cf. Hawaiian Plant. Rec. 55, 1958, p. 213.


biographical data:

Bibliogr. in Queensl. Agric. Journ. 32, 1929, p. 178-183; Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensl. 56, 1945, p. 77-80.