Botany, Australian Waratah, Telopea speciosissima, NSW, J.H. Maiden Antique Print.
Original chromolithograph after Ernest William Minchen (active 1869-1890) under the guidance of botanical draftsman R. T. Baker for "The Flowering Plants and Ferns of New South Wales, with especial reference to their Economic Value" by J.H. Maiden. Issued with copy of original text.
The Waratah, botanical emblem of New South Wales, was identified by local indigenous tribes as "Mewah", white settlers as "Native Tulip". Described as a "strikingly handsome flower" it was recorded in 1793 that the "natives made an agreeable repast by sucking the flowers, which abound with honey". Its habitat is coastal and mountainous districts, from the northern Hunter River to the southern Clyde and Braidwood districts. Maiden notes that if it were not for the species tolerance of rocky habitats, the Blue Mountains, it would have been threatened by the extensive land clearances post European settlement.
Image Size = 15.1 x 22.5 cm (6 x 9 Inch)
Condition = Excellent. Supplied with copy of the original description.
Published by Charles Potter, Government Printer, N.S.W between 1895-1898
Joseph Henry Maiden (1859-1925) Born in London he travelled to Sydney. Among other duties, his interest in Australian flora attracted the interest of director of the Botanic Garden, Charles Moore. Maiden quickly established himself as an expert in economic botany. He encouraged research into the properties of Australian timbers and essential oils. Forest Flora of New South Wales, was issued in 72 parts highlighting the economic values of trees to assist in land management, to illustrate scientifically, and encourage public awareness, from 1885-98. He lectured at the university in forestry in 1913-21 and in agricultural botany in 1914-21. Maiden urged farmers to use herbarium staff to identify grasses and bushes grazed by their stock. Acknowledged awareness of retaining native forests, like the South Australian Conservator for State Forests, John Edne Brown. He passionately supported more parks and trees in urban developments, dispatching seeds and cuttings to schools and councils.