Australia Day

26 January 2015

130 days to go

Ross McKinnon AM

Ross McKinnon AM


Curator-in-Charge, Brisbane Botanic Gardens

Ross McKinnon is the Curator-in-Charge of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens at suburban Mt Coot-tha. Internationally regarded as one of the world’s leading sub-tropical botanic gardens, they feature significant plant collections including the world's largest representative collection of Australian native rainforest plants.

Ross is a Patron, Life or Honorary Member of 30 horticultural organisations and is a retired State Chairman and National Board Member of Open Gardens Australia.

In 1993, Ross was awarded the inaugural Brisbane City Council Employee of the Year Award and, in 1994, was nominated as a Fellow of the Linnean Society – London.

In 1993, 1998 and 2003 Ross was appointed Chairman of the Council, Heads of Australian Botanic Gardens, and on Australia Day in 1999 awarded the Order of Australia for outstanding services to horticulture.

In 2005, Ross received an inaugural Vitae Lampada (The Burning Torch of Life) Medal for his consultant role to the Queensland Poisons Information Centre to Paediatricians within the Department of Paediatrics and Child Health based at the Royal Children’s Hospital, and to doctors in the broader worlds of medicine in Queensland.

In 2014, Ross celebrates 42 years of service with the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, the last 30 years as Curator-in-Charge.