Ferdinand Müller

Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich Müller (1825 - 1896)

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Baron von Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich Müller aka Von Mueller
Born in Rostock, Grand Duchy of Mecklenburg-Schwerinmap
Died in Melbourne, Victoria, Australiamap
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Baron Sir Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich von Mueller, KCMG (German: Müller) (30 June 1825 – 10 October 1896) was a German-Australian physician, geographer, and most notably, a botanist. He was appointed government botanist for the then colony of Victoria by Governor Charles La Trobe in 1853, and later director of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne. He also founded the National Herbarium of Victoria. He named many Australian plants.[1]

Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, Victorian botanist, promoted the qualities of Eucalyptus as a disinfectant in "fever districts", and also encouraged Joseph Bosisto, a Melbourne pharmacist, to investigate the commercial potential of the oil.[2]

Living in the Bugle Ranges (Mueller’s) Cottage - Booklet: Mueller's Cottage, by John Gitsham[3]

He never married; though engaged to Euphemia Henderson in 1863 and Rebecca Nordt in 1865.[4]

Sister Clara Christine Mueller[5]


30 Jun 1825[1]


Arrived barque Hermann von Beckerath, 580 tons, Captain Kahle, from Bremen, Germany 18th July 1847, via Rio de Janeiro, arrived at Port Adelaide, South Australia 15th December 1847

Muller Ferd. (Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich von Müller) age 22 from Rostock 1853 appointed Government Botanist in Victoria | Cabin Passengers
Berta (Bertha) age 20 sister of Ferd.
Clara age 14 sister of Ferd.[6]


10 Oct 1896 - Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
registration number 15261 Registration year 1896
VON MUELLER Ferdinand Jacob Heinrich
Place of birth Place of death S Y


  1. 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia:Ferdinand_von_Mueller
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eucalyptus_oil
  3. Macclesfield Community History Mueller's Cottage
  4. Australian Dictionary of Biography Mueller, Sir Ferdinand Jakob Heinrich von (1825–1896)
  5. Australian National Herbarium Biographical Notes Mueller / Müller, Clara Christine Maria (later Mrs Wehl) (1833 - 1901)
  6. http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/hermannvonbeckerath1847.shtml
  7. https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj?viewSequence=200&language=en&trxId=IDX&commandAction_displayDetailsAction%3D553A60F315729099CA8B740AC379FEBC

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