Collection C18 - Illuminated address presented by the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club to Leonard Rodway C.M.G.

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Illuminated address presented by the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club to Leonard Rodway C.M.G.


  • 1919? (Creation)

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1 framed document. [Document on thick paper, mss. ink & water colour, (slightly stained) in gilt frame 560 mm x 680 mm].

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Leonard Rodway (1853-1936), botanist and dentist, was born on 5 October 1853 at Torquay, Devon, England, thirteenth child of Henry Barron Rodway, dentist and inventor of the Rodway life buoy, and his wife Elizabeth, née Allin. Educated at Birmingham and in the Thames Marine Officers' Training Ship, Worcester, he spent three years in the mercantile marine before turning, after illness, to a family tradition in dentistry. Training at Middlesex Hospital, London, he gained the licentiateship in dental surgery of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1878 and migrated to Queensland. In Brisbane on 19 May 1879, with Presbyterian forms, he married Louisa Susan Phillips, a dentist's daughter. They settled in Hobart Town next year.

Rodway was registered under the first Tasmanian Dental Act 1884, and practised in Hobart until 1923, acting as honorary dental surgeon at the Hobart General Hospital in 1890-1922. He is, however, chiefly remembered for his interest in botany, another family tradition. He devoted his spare time, energy and financial resources to preparing an exhaustive catalogue of Tasmania's native and naturalized plants: he made many field trips, described many new species and built up a comprehensive collection of specimens. Between 1892 and 1928 he presented scientific papers, principally to the Royal Society of Tasmania to which he was elected in 1884, and published The Tasmanian Flora (Hobart, 1903), a standard reference for forty years, Some Wild Flowers of Tasmania (Hobart, 1910) and Tasmanian Bryophyta (Hobart, 1914-16). For more information see

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The Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club Inc. was formed in 1904, and are associated with other Field Naturalist Clubs throughout Tasmania and beyond. For more information see :

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Deposited on loan by Mrs. S.Collins

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Collection consists of a large ornately framed hand illustrated document. Illuminated address presented by the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club to Leonard Rodway C.M.G., expressing gratification at the honour conferred on him by the King, and also expressing the Club's thanks for his many services in the past as one of the founders, having also filled the presidential chair for several terms.
Address is signed by Chairman: W.H. Clemes, Vice-Chairman: G.H. Hardy, Secretary: Clive E. Lord, Treasurer: R.A. Black, Members of Committee: J.H. Gould, T. Thomson Flynn, C. Cole & S.H. Grueber
Document is not dated but Rodman received the CMG in 1917 and Clive Lord and R.A. Black listed as secretary and treasurer on the document served together until 1919. Rodway was made a Life Member of the Tasmanian Field Naturalists Club in 1927

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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LG 10/12/18




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