Louisa Isabella Chaulk Baudinet, also known as Lucy Baudinet or Miss Baudinet (7 April 1825 – 13 February 1901) was an Australian botanical collector.[1]


Louisa Isabella Chaulk Baudinet was born on 7 April 1825 in London to William Chaulk (later Baudinet) (c.1799–1865), and Augusta Louisa née Baudinet (1805–1873).[2] She was the second of twelve children in the family.[3] In 1829, the family migrated to Western Australia, and in 1831 to Tasmania.[2] In 1838–1847, Baudinet's father was the first lighthouse keeper on Bruny Island, and in 1848–1865, on Deal Island in the Kent Group.[4][5] After the death of her parents, Baudinet lived with her siblings and never married.[3]

Baudinet collected specimens on Swan Island,[2] where she lived with a brother who was lighthouse keeper there[5] in 1869, and at Cape Portland and Clarke Island, 1883–1885.[2] Her collections, approximately 114, have been lodged mainly at MEL, with others at HO and NSW.[6] Swedish botanist Jacob Agardh identified Baudinet's algal specimens for Mueller.

Louisa Isabella Chaulk Baudinet died on 13 February 1901 in Hobart, Tasmania at the New Town Charitable Institution of senilis.[2][7]

Further reading


  1. ^ "Louisa Isabella Chaulk Baudinet". bionomia.net. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e Maroske, Sara; Vaughan, Alison (2014). "Ferdinand Mueller's female plant collectors: a biographical register" (PDF). Muelleria. 32: 92–172.
  3. ^ a b "Baudinet, Louisa (Lucy) Isabella Chaulk - biography". www.anbg.gov.au. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  4. ^ Royal Botanic Gardens (Vic.) (1955). Muelleria : an Australian journal of botany. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria State Botanical Collection. [Melbourne, Australia] : National Herbarium of Victoria.
  5. ^ a b "My Holiday Trip to Victoria and Tasmania". Australian Town and Country Journal. No. 8. New South Wales, Australia. 26 February 1870. p. 17. Retrieved 7 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ "Baudinet Collections in AVH". Australasian Virtual Herbarium. Retrieved 7 October 2021.
  7. ^ "New Town Charitable Institution". The Mercury. Vol. LXXV, no. 9426. Tasmania, Australia. 21 May 1900. p. 3. Retrieved 7 October 2021 – via National Library of Australia.