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Baron Ferdinand von Mueller : 11-September-2011
Baron Ferdinand von Mueller : 11-September-2011

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A bust commemorates Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Director of the Gardens from 1857 to 1873. The bust was donated by the Fox family on the occasion of Victoria's 150th anniversary. 

He studied pharmacy and took his Doctor of Philosophy at the University of Kiel in 1847. He came to Australia in 1848 for health reasons and became a great botanical collector and writer. He was Victorian Government Botanist from 1853, and for a time Director of the Botanic Gardens.

He travelled widely in Victoria and was on the A.C.Gregory expedition to northern Australia in 1855 to 1857. He supported botanical exploration and collecting throughout the colonies. His botanical publications were very extensive, and include Fragmenta Phytographiae Australiae published over the period 1858 to 1882. Dr Mueller received honours from many of the ruling Royal Houses of Europe, he was made a Baron by the King of Wurtemberg in 1871, and knighted by Queen Victoria.


Address:Birdwood Avenue, Botanic Gardens, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830636
Long: 144.977233
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:People
Approx. Event Start Date:1857
Approx. Event End Date:1873


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Friday 11th October, 1985
Front Inscription

This Plaque Commemorates The Life Work Of One Of The
`Fathers` Of The Garden State.  
        1825 - 1896.

This distinguished botanist and explorer was the founder of the National Herbarium of Victoria.  As Director of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens from 1857-73, he was directly invloved in their laying out and planting.

During this period, he also supplied the highest quality plants to the regional botanic gardens throughout Victoria.

His dedication to the concept of the garden state is enshrined in the beauty of these gardens and by the many fine trees of his selections which remain standing today.

Baron Ferdinand von Mueller`s great contribution to our quality of life is honoured here by the following members of the German-Australian business community.

Their generosity during Victoria`s 150th year has enabled the re-labelling of plants and the rejuvenation of provincial botanic gardens throughout the state to be undertaken for the enjoyment of all Victorians.
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Back Inscription

Donated To The Royal Botanic Gardens
By The Fox Family
On The Occasion Of
The 150th Anniversary Of The Founding
Of Victoria.

Unveiled By
The Hon. Joan Kirner, M.L.C.
Minister for Conservation,
Forests & Lands.

Source: MA,VMR, ADB
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au