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The Dictionary of Australasian Biography/Guilfoyle, William Robert

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Guilfoyle, William Robert, son of M. Guilfoyle, a botanist of repute, was born at Chelsea, London, in 1843, and went to New South Wales with his parents in 1853. In 1868 he accompanied the Challenger Expedition to the South Seas, and subsequently cultivated a sugar and tobacco estate In Queensland. In 1873 he accented the appointment of Director of the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, a position he still holds. Mr. Guilfoyle has written several works on botanical subjects, and has contributed copiously to the scientific journals.