Author(s): St George, Ian, comp.
William Colenso was the most important figure in the story of our early botany, with a natural and eventually highly-developed eye for the key elements that differentiate between plants, and an indefatigable compulsion to write about them. Colenso left a huge legacy of published papers on may subjects, also an extraordinary amount of unpublished work. It was the intention of Bruce Hamlin, Curator of Botany at the National Museum Herbarium to make this unpublished information available before his early death in 1976. The material here has been transcribed from a range of primary and secondary sources and endeavours to let Colenso's expressive prose speak for him.