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The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection

Since 1987 more than 15,000 letters written by and to the Australian botanist and explorer Ferdinand von Mueller have been located and edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells. The letters included here are a sample of the total, and lack the apparatus files. Users who need access to the citations or illustrations associated with specific letters can contact the editors at muellercorrespondence@rbg.vic.gov.au. The full corpus will be mounted here in due course. Selected letters have been published in a print edition, Regardfully yours: selected correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller (Bern: Peter Lang, 1998–2006. See https://www.peterlang.com/search?q1=mueller&searchBtn=). For further information about the project, see https://www.rbg.vic.gov.au/science/herbarium-and-resources/library/mueller-correspondence-project.

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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
9 September 1857
Source of text:
No. 57/B6491, series A712, Australian Archives, Canberra
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
21 August 1858
Source of text:
G58/7190, unit 745, VPRS 1189 inward registered correspondence, VA 475 Chief Secretary's Department, Public Record Office, Victoria.This letter was registered in the Governor's office (M65/58, unit 1, VPRS 1097, PROV) and then transferred to the Chief Secretary's Office
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
12 July 1859
Source of text:
MS 11663, Royal Society of Victoria, Records 1854-1982, box 2/1, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
15 July 1859
Source of text:
M59/41, unit 6, VPRS 1096 inward correspondence, VA 466 Governor, Public Record Office, Victoria
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
17 January 1860
Source of text:
M16/60, unit 9, VPRS 1096 inward correspondence, VA 466 Governor, Public Record Office, Victoria.For an edited copy of this letter, see B60.13.09. The copy is dated 16 January 1860
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
23 March 1863
Source of text:
National Archives, London, CO 309/63, Despatches January to 11 August 1863, f. 225
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
23 May 1863
Source of text:
National Archives, London CO 309/63, Despatches, January to 11 August 1863, f. 295, enclosure to despatch no. 33 of 23 May 1863
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
14 July 1863
Source of text:
M63/32, unit 15, VPRS 1096 inward correspondence, VA 466 Governor, Public Record Office, Victoria.For a copy of this letter see National Archives, London, CO 309/63, despatches 7 January to 11 August 1863, f. 481
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
15 July 1863
Source of text:
National Archives, London, CO 309/63, Despatches January to 11 August 1863, ff. 543-4.Enclosure to Despatch no. 56, of 24 July 1863
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From:
Joseph Hooker
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
9 October 1865
Source of text:
RBG Kew, archives, Letters from Joseph Hooker JDH/2/3/1, Ada-Bar, ff. 152-3.This volume consists mainly of transcriptions, most in the form of typescript carbon copies, of Joseph Hooker's letters. There is no indication in the volume as to the date or author of the transcriptions, or the location of the originals, and the Archivist at Kew in June 2000 had no knowledge of the provenance of the volume. Folios 152-260 are letters to Sir Henry Barkly, October 1865 to November 1876, with one of 18 August 1866 (possibly an enclosure) to Charles Meller (see below) and ff. 261-3 to Lady Annie M. Barkly, July-August 1867. There are some gaps in the text and a few possible misreadings. Many letters have been annotated or asterisked in red ink or in pencil. Each letter in the Barkly series has been numbered. The subjects of the early letters are Hooker's various difficulties with the Board of Works 'under a department of Govt. already tired of scientific expenditure on Kew' (19 January 1866; f. 154), and Charles Meller's journey to, and health, conduct and position at Mauritius, where Barkly was Governor, that apparently gave cause for concern
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From:
Joseph Hooker
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
27 July 1866
Source of text:
RBG Kew, Archives, Letters from Joseph Hooker vol., Ada-Bar, ff. 158-9.This volume consists mainly of transcriptions, most in the form of typescript carbon copies, of Joseph Hooker's letters. There is no indication in the volume as to the date or author of the transcriptions, or the location of the originals, and the Archivist at Kew in June 2000 had no knowledge of the provenance of the volume. Folios 152-260 are to Sir Henry Barkly, October 1865 to November 1876, with one of 18 August 1866 (possibly an enclosure) to Charles Meller (see below) and 261-263 to Lady Annie M. Barkly, July-August 1867. There are some gaps in the text and a few possible misreadings. Many letters have been annotated or asterisked in red ink and in pencil. Each letter in the Barkly series has been numbered. The subjects of the early letters are Hooker's various difficulties with the Board of Works 'under a department of Govt. already tired of scientific expenditure on Kew' (19 January 1866, f. 154), and Meller's journey to, and health, conduct, and position at Mauritius, which apparently gave cause for concern
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
8 October 1871
Source of text:
RBG Kew, Directors' letters, vol. 189, South African letters A-G 1865-1900, f. 174
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From:
Ferdinand von Mueller
To:
Henry Barkly
Date:
11 March 1887
Source of text:
Royal Geographical Society, London, Archives, RGS correspondence 1881-1910, MOO-MUL, Mueller, F von
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