To James Service1    3 January 1860

Melbourne botanic & zoological

Garden 3 January 1860.


I have the honor to solicit, that you will be pleased to sanction the temporary occupation of 2 1/2 acres of ground on the Western side of the botanic Garden situated within the Government Reserve between this establishment and Princes bridge.

Whilst submitting my application to your favorable consideration on the grounds, that the new iron fences now under contract could be erected on a much more suitable line, if my proposal receives your Honors sanction, I beg to explain that at any future time this portion of the reserve might be reclaimed, when meanwhile the advantage will have arisen of its being planted with trees and shrubs.

I have the honor to be


your most obedient servant

Ferd. Mueller

Direct. of bot. & zool. Garden.


The Honorable the President of the boards of lands & works.

&c &c &c2

MS written by C. Wilhelmi and signed by M.
On 11 January 1860 Service minuted: 'This matter was bro[ugh]t before the Board by the Hon Capt. Pasley — and the Board seem disposed to acquiesce in the desire expressed by Mr Mueller for the temporary occupn of the land in question — Mr Mueller's present letter being simply a formal re-applicn based on Capt Pasleys informn of the views of the Board — I approve of the request being complied with'. See also M to W. Nicholson, 1 November 1859 and 12 January 1860.

Please cite as “FVM-60-01-03,” in Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, edited by R.W. Home, Thomas A. Darragh, A.M. Lucas, Sara Maroske, D.M. Sinkora, J.H. Voigt and Monika Wells accessed on 24 March 2023,