Cowley, Ebenezer


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

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

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



Overseer, Kamerunga State Nursery, North Queensland; an assiduous collector of Australian plants. In May 1893 he went to New Guinea at the request of the Queensland Government to collect samples of sugar-canes for trial in Australia.1

He made an earlier (Dec. 1892) attempt to collect sugar-cane varieties in Papua (Mabudauan, Samarai, Thursday I.), but the material was so thoroughly fumigated that not a single bud survived.4



During his New Guinea trip he made general, not extensive, botanical collections; they are incorporated in Herb. Brisbane [BRI]. He collected at least in Kwato Isl. (Samarai Distr.) and at Port Moresby (Papua).2

Also some from Thursday Isl. (1893).3



(1) cf. List in Ann. Rep. Dept Agric. Brisbane 1893/94, p. 43.

(2) cf. Journ. But. 58, 1920, p. 193; and Proc. Roy. Soc. Queensl. 34, 1922, p. 49-51.

(3) In F.M. Bailey: ‘A few words about the flora of the islands of Torres Straits and the mainland about Somerset’ (Austr. Assoc. Adv. Sci. Sydney sess. 1898, p. 423-447).

(4) Cf. Cane Growers’ Quart. Bull. Brisbane 15, 1951, p. 37-38.