From John Moore   18 October 1858



I have the honor to ackg rect of yr le1 9 Oct2 bringg under notice a resolution of the Committee of Management of the Zoological Gardens recommendg its combinatn with the Botanical Garden — the whole of the ground to be under yr supervision & that you have also the managemt of the Zoological Dept under the control of the Committee. In reply I have to inform you that the arrangemt has been approvd by the Chief Secy & I am to request your attention & that of the Committee to a letter addressed by Mr Westgarth from London to Mr O Shanassy, a copy of which appears in the "Argus" of the 13 inst,3 intimating that a number of Alpacas has been purchd there for presentation to this Colony & I am also to request that Mr O Shanassy may be favored with a report as to the arrangements which may be necessary for the reception of the animals & their custody.

sd J Moore


The Director of the Zoological Gardens Melbourne

acknowledge receipt of your letter.
M to J. O'Shanassy, 9 October 1858.
A letter from Edward Wilson to the Editor of the Times, 14 July 1858, appeared in the Argus, 13 October 1858, p. 7, under the title 'The Llama and alpaca'. Wilson noted that there was a flock of llama/alpaca crosses for sale near London and urged Australians in England 'to raise the means of purchasing these animals, and sending them out in one flock to one of the colonies — Victoria, if possible'.

Please cite as “FVM-58-10-18,” in Ɛpsilon: The Ferdinand von Mueller Collection accessed on 21 September 2021,