Collecting localities




Waterhouse, J.H.L.


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

(Source: Flora Malesiana ser. 1, 5: Cyclopaedia of collectors, Supplement I)



Of Cairnleith, Chatswood, N.S.W., Australia, worked in the South and Northwest Pacific from 1907 onwards, starting in Fiji. From about 1930-end 1932 he stayed in the Solomon Islands, mainly in Bougainville, but paying visits to Buka Isl. and adjacent islets, commissioned on behalf of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, and the Empire Marketing Board, London; in Jan. 1933 appointed teacher at the native Nodup Administration School and the Police School at Rabaul, New Britain. He was evidently also engaged in linguistic work.2


Collecting localities:

1931-32. Solomon Islands.-19331935. Bismarck Archipelago: New Britain.



Herb. Forestry School Yale Univ. (New Haven) [Y]: c. 300 nos from Solomon Isls and New Britain. Herb. Kew [K]: plants from Bougainville and the Solomon Islands (pres. 1931/32), and from the Mandated Territory (pres. 1935), incl. New Britain plants (coll. Dec. 1934); partly dupl. in Herb. Arn. Arbor. [A], and N.Y. Bot. Gard. [NY] (c. 100 nos); Herb. Sydney [NSW]: 150 to 200 Solomon Islands plants; 400 wood specimens in the Yale Univ. collection [Y].1

Mr Forman from Kew informed me that the numbers up to 850 are practically all from Bougainville; those above 850 are all from New Britain. This may hold for the material at Kew [K] (? material from 1932 and later possibly having been renumbered following on the number­ing of earlier collections), but the collection sold to Yale University [Y] (coll. 1932-35) was numbered 1-423, of which the numbers 208 onwards were collected in New Britain. In literature a no 345 is cited to have been collected in October 1930, so it is evident that several numbers will have been used twice, and for citation it will be wise to give both the Kew and Yale numbers. The plants were partly identified at Kew (special groups were sent to Berlin and are possibly lost), partly in the U.S.A. by Dr Merrill.



(1) M. Record: ‘A collection of woody plants from Melanesia’ (Trop. Woods 81, 1945, p. 9-45).

(2) Most data derived from the correspondence present at the Yale Herbarium, kindly put at my disposal by the Curator Mr William L. Stern.