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Papers of Frederick Orpen Bower
    Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower 1914-1917
        Correspondence of Frederick Orpen Bower, William Henry Lang to John McLuckie

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Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from John McLuckie

Item Summary

Reference Code

GB 0248 DC 002/13/238

Date(s)

31 July 1915-20 September 1915

Extent and medium of the unit of description

1

letter

Name of creator

McLuckie | John | 1890-1956 | assistant professor of botany, University of Sydney

Scope and Content

Scope and Content

Letter to Frederick Orpen Bower from John McLuckie in which he informs Bower that he has been successful in finding the prothalli of the fern Schizaea supertus and describes it. He discusses the war and describes its impact in Australia where he claims the average Australian student is disinterested although he remarks that a recruitment campaign in New South Wales is about to start and that Austalia has been fundraising to help with the war. He discusses the current impasse between Russia and Germany in Poland and the effect it will have - the encouragement of the Turks and the Germans and the delaying of any action by Romania and Bulgaria. The final sheet of the letter contains an apology for forgetting to post the letter and a warning to Bower to expect startling things in the botanical world soon. He mentions that he has found the archyoma of the fern Schizaea supertus but has left Abercrombie Anstruther Lawson to continue research while he concentrated on physiology. He asks after ex-colleagues including James Montagu Frank Drummond, Robert Chapman Davie and John McLean Thompson.

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