The John T. Waterhouse Herbarium and its associated library is used as a source of information and material for teaching and research purposes. The collection is available for use by staff and students of UNSW and external researchers. Specimens are frequently requested for loan to other institutions for study. Individual specimens may be cited by researchers in their publications as vouchers from which original data have been scored. Most usually this is morphological data, but molecular, chemical, histological, ecological and palynological data can be provided by herbarium specimens.

The herbarium was named after John T. Waterhouse, a senior lecturer in Botany in the School who was instrumental in obtaining the registration of the herbarium and its present housing. He had a longstanding interest in rainforests and the family Myrtaceae.

53,150 specimens in the collection. 57 holotypes in fungal collection, though these will be lodged in a larger herbarium when a suitable one is found. Statistics taken September 2010 from last updated 24 June, 2010.

The collection was established in 1960 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

Primarily vascular plants and larger fungi of Australia. Mainly NSW and northern Australia.

Kingdoms covered include: Fungi and Plantae.

Geographic range

Australia, mainly New South Wales and northern Australia.

Australian states covered include: NSW, QLD and NT.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the John T. Waterhouse Herbarium is 53,150.

Of these 6,380 are databased. This represents 12.0 % of the collection.

Click the Records & Statistics tab to access those database records that are available through the atlas.


The John T. Waterhouse Herbarium contains these significant collections:

  • Significant Historical Collections - H.N. Barber - collection being transferred to main collection.
  • Significant Special Collections - J. T. Waterhouse (Magela Creek Collection). A. E. Wood (larger fungal collection).
  • Ancillary Collections - Smith's Lake field reference collection. Fowlers Gap field reference collection.

Metadata last updated on 2013-09-02 09:57:30.0

Digitised records available through the Atlas

The John T. Waterhouse Herbarium has an estimated 53,150 specimens.
The collection has databased 12.0 % of these (6,380 records).

No database records for this collection can be accessed through the Atlas of Living Australia.

No records are available for viewing in the Atlas.

Images from this collection