The Forest Flora of New Zealand
Special Collections QK 463 KK83
Wellington: George Didsbury, Government Printer
It seems Thomas Kirk (1828-98) was destined to be a botanist as both his parents were nursery workers. Born in England, Kirk emigrated and arrived in Auckland in 1863. Initially working as a timber merchant, he became a lecturer of Natural Sciences and an eminent botanist. This Government-commissioned volume was a ‘descriptive account of the economic trees and shrubs’ of New Zealand. This plate of Agathis australis or kauri was drawn by John Boscawen (1851-1937) of the NZ Survey Department.
Thomas Kirk, “The Forest Flora of New Zealand,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed June 4, 2023, https://otago.ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/8724.