Series 299 - Research papers from Nigel Wace

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Research papers from Nigel Wace


  • 1955 - 2004 (Creation)

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4 m (18 boxes, 3 albums)

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(1929 - 2005)

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Dr Wace was the leading authority on the plant life of the Tristan da Cunha-Gough Islands which he visited to undertake fieldwork in 1955-56, 1968, 1976, 1984 and 1994. He was awarded a PhD by Queen's University, Belfast and joined the Department of Geography at the University of Adelaide in 1961. He was a Senior Fellow in the Department of Biogeography and Geomorphology in the Research School of Pacific Studies at the Australian National University from 1971 to 1989, and was head of the department from 1981 to 1983.

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The papers reflect Dr Wace’s research interest in the island group of Tristan da Cunha and Gough Island, particularly the conservation of native plants and the eradication of introduced plants, weeds and pests. There are field notebooks, correspondence with the Tristan Island administration, Tristan islanders and academics, working papers, research notes and copies of articles. There are also notes and photocopies of ships’ journals and other sources relating to ships which stopped at Tristan da Cunha and material on other islands and Antarctica. The photographic material includes slides and prints of land formations and plants on Tristan da Cunha and nearby islands, comparison slides of locations to map changes in vegetation, and slides of travels within Australia and overseas (South Africa, United States and Antarctica). There are also seed and grass specimens.


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Prepared by Maggie Shapley in February 2009, revised June 2011




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