Collecting localities



Biographical data


Newbold, Thomas John


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


Born: 1807, Macclesfield, England. Died: 1850, Mahabuleshwar, Brit. India.



Of the Madras Army, author of some publications on the Malay Peninsula,1 where he was stationed as staff officer about 1833. He had entered the army in 1827 and was promoted captain in 1842; he was geologically interested. In about 1838 he prepared a Zoological and Botanical Catalogue for the Straits; it was printed and circulated for correction and enlargement, but was considered to be too incomplete for publication.


Collecting localities:

1833. Malay Peninsula: from Malacca to As(s)ahan (Apr. 20), en route to Mt Ophir; Gummi, G. Tando, G. Ledang.2



He transmitted plants from Mt Ophir to Wallich at Calcutta [CAL].3



(1) T.J. Newbold: ‘Some account of the territory of Naning, in the Malay Peninsula’; some small papers in J.H. Moor: ‘Notices of the Indian Archipelago, and adjacent countries, etc. (Singapore 1837); ‘A political and statistical account of the British Settlements in the Straits of Malacca, viz Penang, Malacca, and Singapore; with a history of the Malay States on the Peninsula of Malacca’ (London 1839, 2 vols).

(2) J.T. Newbold (the initials probably erroneously interchanged): ‘A visit to the Gold Mine at Battang Moving, and summit of Mt. Ophir, or “Gunong Ledang”, in the Malay Peninsula’ (Journ. As. Soc. Beng. 2, 1833, p. 497-502).

(3) cf. Newbold’s Brit. Settl. in Malacca l.c. 2, p. 165-174 and Journ. Asiat. Soc. 1834, p. 48.


biographical data:

Journ. Str. Br. Roy. As. Soc. no 19, 1887, p. 143-148; Dict. Nat. Biogr. vol. 40, p. 314-315; Buckland, Dict. Ind. Biogr., 1906; Burkill in Gard. Bull. Str. Settlem. 4, 1927, nos 4-5.