Frederick Manson Bailey

Frederick Manson Bailey

Frederick Manson Bailey

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Frederick Manson Bailey CMG (8 March 1827 – 25 June 1915) was a botanist active in Australia, who made valuable contributions to the characterisation of the flora of Queensland.

Early life

Bailey was born in London, the second son of John Bailey, horticulturist, and his wife, née Manson. Frederick was educated at the foundation school of the Independent Church at Hackney, London. The family went to Australia in 1838 arriving at Adelaide on 22 March 1839 in the Buckinghamshire. John Bailey was appointed colonial botanist soon afterwards, and was asked to form a botanic garden. John Bailey resigned in 1841, began farming, and subsequently started a plant nursery at Adelaide In these ventures he was assisted by his son, Frederick.


In 1858 Bailey went to New Zealand and took up land in the Hutt Valley. In 1861 Frederick started a seedsman's business in Brisbane. For some years he was collecting in various parts of Queensland, and he also contributed articles to the newspapers on plant life. Bailey married Anna Maria, eldest daughter of the Rev. T. Waite in 1856.

In 1874 Bailey published a Handbook to the Ferns of Queensland, and in the following year was made botanist to the board appointed to investigate diseases of live stock and plants. Consequently, Bailey in 1879 published An Illustrated Monograph of the Grasses of Queenslandwith Karl Staiger. He was afterwards put in charge of the botanical section of the Queensland Museum, in 1881 was made colonial botanist...
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