John Ednie Brown (1848-1899) Born in Scotland, Brown visited the USA in 1871 and wrote a report on the Californian forests. Soon after this that he was offered the position of Conservator of Forests in South Australia. Not only had was South Australia's native habitats put under pressure by commercial cropping but also by pastoral activities, hence growing concern. Brown had seen similar pressures on the California flora so set about recording the largest & most accurate group of lithographs depicting Australian native plants made in the colonial period. This would serve as a local botanical record, the Botanical Gardens established in 1856 could harvest and store seeds, and local artist, Rose Catherine Fiveash, was taught to depict the samples for classification. They were chromolithographed (Printed in colour ink off lithographic Bavarian Limestone blocks) and printed by the Government Printer in Adelaide.