John White

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We had an enquiry from Australia this week about one of the specimens we have in the collection.  It is one of the oldest we have and probably collected around 1793 by John White.  He was the Surgeon-General at Port Jackson (now Sydney).

He sent his specimens to James Edward Smith, the first president of the Linnean Society of London.  J. E. Smith gave away many of his duplicate specimens and eventually some of this duplicates came to Manchester Museum via an extraordinary character called The Prince of Mantua and Montferrat (he wasn’t a real prince but more of that later!)

You can see a more detailed image of this specimen at the Manchester Museum’s main website here

monotoca scoparia
Monotoca scoparia collected by John White in Australia in 1793

3 thoughts on “John White

    David Gelsthorpe said:
    November 6, 2009 at 3:55 pm

    Hello Leander and fellow people in the Herbarium,
    Congratulations on your blog going live.

    I look forward to more exciting stories.


    Alex said:
    November 7, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Is it possible to store the full-size specimen image so that visitors could click on the image and examine it up close? Failing that, a link to such a page in your herbarium’s primary data repository/site?


      Leander responded:
      November 9, 2009 at 9:53 am

      Hello Alex,

      Thank you for your comment. You can find larger images of our specimens on the Manchester Museum’s main website:

      Even then some of the images are lacking in detail. So, I’d be happy to take a better quality image and e-mail it to you if you wish.


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