To John O'Shanassy   23 June 1858

Melbourne bot. Garden,

23 June 1858


I have the honor to inform you, that it would be desirable to collect the rarer plants in the remoter parts of the colony during the coming season, in order that the stock of plants for this garden and for exchanges may be increased, and that the botanical collections formed in connection with my work on the plants of Victoria may be completed.

The lines desirable to be visited would be western parts of the Murray Desert, the Buffalo-Range, the country about Cape Howe and the alps around Mount Baw-Baw.

As these journeys cannot be performed without a small allowance for travelling expenses, I have the honor to solicit, that the sum of £120 may be set apart from the vote of tools and apparatus &c (vote N. 38) for this purpose, and that out of these £120 also the travelling expenses may be defrayed, which Mr Dallachi has incurred during the last months, whilst securing plants in the Grampians for this establishment

I have the honor to be,


your most obedient and humblest servant

Ferd. Mueller,

Gov. Botanist


The honorable the Chief Secretary


The vote for tools, apparatus &c is able to bear the proposed reduction, as it has been most economically used.1

O'Shanassy minuted his approval.

Please cite as “FVM-58-06-23,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 26 October 2021,