Richard Helms (naturalist)

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Richard Helms

Richard Helms (December 12, 1842 – July 17, 1914) was a German-born Australian naturalist whose work in botany, zoology, geology, and ethnology covered various parts of Australia and New Zealand.[1] He arrived in Australia in 1858 and worked for a cousin in a Melbourne cigar shop. He travelled to Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1862 and in 1876 began practicing as a dentist in Nelson, New Zealand. He married in 1879 and opened a watchmaking business in Greymouth.[2] The standard author abbreviation Helms is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[3]


  1. ^ Chisholm, A.H. "Helms, Richard (1842–1914)". Richard Helms. Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 15 April 2015.
  2. ^ C Hedley. Presidential Address - Journal and proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales; August 19th 1915. [1]
  3. ^ IPNI.  Helms.