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MacMahon, Philip, was born in Dublin on Dec. 13th, 1857, and passed through a course of botanical instruction at the Royal Gardens at Kew. Having been for some time secretary and curator to the Hull Botanic Gardens, he was appointed leader of a botanical expedition to Central America, and subsequently proceeded to India, where he studied the local systems of agriculture, horticulture and forestry. In 1888 he went to Victoria for the sake of his health; and in April 1889 was appointed curator of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens.