To John O'Shanassy1    2 June 1858

Melbourne bot. Garden,

2 June 1858.


I have the honor to inform you, that not only cuttings but also a number of well established plants (reared since last year) & also a collection of seeds can be supplied for the public gardens at Portland. I have taken the liberty of informing the town clerk of that place,2 that these contributions from our establishment will be ready for him, whenever he sends for them.

I have the honor to be,


your most obedient and humblest servant

Ferd. Mueller.


The Honorable the Chief Secretary,

&c. &c. &c.3

On 22 May 1858 the Clerk of the Portland Council, P. Scott, wrote to the President of the Board of Lands and Works, C. Duffy, requesting him to direct the Melbourne Botanical gardens to forward a supply of cuttings for the use of the Portland Botanic Gardens which were currently in formation. The Chief Clerk of Works, T. Balmain, acknowledged Scott's letter and told him that it had been transferred to the Chief Secretary's Department which was now responsible for the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. The Under Secretary, J. Moore, referred Scott's letter to M on 31 May 1858 (F58/4790, unit 599, VPRS 1189, PROV).
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O'Shanassy commented: 'Similar applications may be received from the other Municipalities — ? should not they be dealt with in this office'. Moore replied on 4 June 1858: 'When they come here they will'.

Please cite as “FVM-58-06-02,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 26 October 2021,