S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science

Schunke, Miss Luise (insect collection)

Born: 26 July 1850, Esslingen, Germany.
Died: 4 March 1923, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Luise (later known as Louisa) Schunke was the daughter of Ludwig August Schunke and his wife Jeane (or Jane) E. Hollway and an elder sister of Henry Charles Schunke-Hollway*. She appears to have grown up in Kent, England, and became a British citizen. Later the family moved to South Africa. She was not married.

Luise was probably the same person as L. Schunke, who presented ants from Pilgrim's Rest to the South African Museum, Cape Town, at an unspecified date. She was presumably also the same person as Miss L. Schunke, who donated insects from Rustenburg to the museum during 1885.

List of sources:
Cape of Good Hope. Report of the Trustees of the South African Museum, 1885.

National Archives, Pretoria. Source MHG, Vol.0, Reference 50977. Death notice and estate of Louisa Schunke.

Personal communication from Dr Thomas Wagner, Germany (researcher of the Schunke family), August 2015.

Robertson, H.G. Biodiversity explorers. http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/people as on 20 August 2015.

Compiled by: C. Plug