Photo of Plaque A24: This plaque honours Mr Walter Carne
Member Centenary Committee
Committee group
Education, ecclesiastical and social
Year of death
Plaque number
Dedicated by
Kings Park Board on 29 September 1929
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Biography abstract:

Mr Walter Mervyn Carne (16/9/1885 - 20/11/1952) was born in Sydney, New South Wales, educated in Fort Street public school, Sydney Boys High and Sydney Technical College.

In 1906 he became a laboratory assistant at the Hawkesbury Agricultural College as a scientific cadet with the Department of Agriculture.

He went to Sydney University in 1912 and in 1913 to the University of California. On his return, he became assistant agrostologist with Department of Agriculture.

He joined the Australian Imperial Forces (AIF) in 1915 in the 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance Regiment.

Commissioned in 1919, he was appointed to Education service. He served for two years as a science master at Hawkesbury Agricultural College.

In 1923, the WA Department of Agriculture appointed him as economic botanist and plant pathologist. He also lectured at UWA on plant pathology and agricultural botany.

Eucalyptus carnei (Thick-leaved Mahogany) was named in his honour by botanist Charles Gardner in 1928.

From 1929 he was stationed in Perth as a senior plant pathologist with the Commonwealth Council for Scientific and Industrial Research.

He was President of the Royal Society of WA 1927-29 and a Member of the Linnean Society.

In 1932 he moved with CSIR to Tasmania to further his particular research concerned with apples.

Mr Walter Mervyn Carne was a member of the Western Australian Centenary Committee (Education, ecclesiastical and social group) in 1929.

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