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Georgiana Molloy- celebrating one of Australia’s first female botanists
August 17, 2022 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Presented by Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne Inc
This online talk tells the extraordinary story of Georgiana Molloy, one of Australia’s first internationally successful female botanists. Georgiana and her husband, Captain John Molloy, who emigrated to Australia in 1830 with the first group of European settlers to the remote southwest of Western Australia. Here, despite personal tragedy, Georgiana’s passion for flora was ignited. Entirely self-taught, she gathered specimens of indigenous flora from Augusta and Busselton that are now held in some of the world’s leading herbarium collections
Our presenter, Bernice Barry lives on WA’s southwest coast near the place where Georgiana arrived. Bernice has researched Georgiana’s own writings and notes and will share the stories of this botanist whose appreciation and wonder of the landscape around her became her salvation and legacy.
Bernice’s meticulously researched book, Georgiana Molloy: The Mind That Shines is available to order from her publisher.