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It's About Time: From Southern Belle to Socialist Botanist - Eliza Frances Andrews 1840-1931. Art & Algae: The Work of Anna Atkins  Polysiphonia Affinis from Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressiona “To my dearest father this attempt is affectionately inscribed” reads a touching dedication in the frontispiece of a rare book.

Art & Algae: The Work of Anna Atkins 

The page is a cyanotype print of the most vibrant blue, and the lines of white hand-written words are those of early naturalist and photographer Anna Atkins. Several lifetimes older than myself, Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions is thought to be the first book to feature photographic images. In 1841, William Harvey had published another first of its kind, A Manual of British Marine Algae. Julia-atzeroth-first-coffee-producer- Agnes Marion Ayre (1890-1940) (From the Women's History Walking Tour Booklet) Agnes Marion Ayre had a lifelong interest in botany, and in 1935 published Wild Flowers of Newfoundland, Part III.

Agnes Marion Ayre (1890-1940)

This book was the only volume of a planned series of five to be published. Natural History Museum Picture Library. Boulder history: Wilmatte Cockerell and the red sunflower. Carol Taylor, For the Camera Posted: 07/15/2012 06:37:33 AM MDT | Updated: 3 years ago Willmatte Cockerell amidst the sunflowers in her Boulder garden.

Boulder history: Wilmatte Cockerell and the red sunflower

In 1910, Wilmatte Cockerell, looked across the street from her home to the roadside by Mount St. Gertrude Academy. She saw what she thought was a red butterfly perched atop a sunflower. Oddly, the same red image was still there a few hours later and she walked over to investigate. Arctic Botanist: Isobel Wylie Hutchison. Isobel Wylie Hutchison Working in the archives at Kew Gardens is a great way to stumble across exciting characters and stories from the past.

Arctic Botanist: Isobel Wylie Hutchison

Whilst conducting research for an enquiry, I came across the registered file of Isobel Wylie Hutchison, an Arctic explorer during the early 20th century. This file contains the correspondence Hutchison had with Sir Arthur William Hill (Director of RBG Kew from 1922-1941), alongside a number of clippings relating to her travels. Newspaper clipping from 1934 Hutchison was an Arctic traveller and botanist who undertook notable expeditions to Iceland, Greenland, Alaska and the Aleutian Islands. Alaska Journey. Georgiana Molloy (1805-1843) Botanist, Western Australia. Georgiana Molloy arrived in the Swan River Colony (now Perth, Western Australia) in 1830 and was among the small group of British colonists who founded the settlement of Augusta in the far southwest.

Georgiana Molloy (1805-1843) Botanist, Western Australia

Today, she’s remembered as the first internationally successful female botanist in Western Australia. Ynes Enriquetta Julietta Mexia. Mary Dora Rogick Virtual Memorial Tribute. Mary Dora Rogick: A virtual Memorial Tribute Compiled by the Gill Library Special Collections, Sister Martha Counihan O.S.U., Librarian Rogick's entry in the Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science.

Mary Dora Rogick Virtual Memorial Tribute

Doris Sinkora. Doris Sinkora grew up in Germany during the rise of the Nazis.

Doris Sinkora

After the war, she moved to Melbourne and became a respected botanist. In many ways she's lived an extraordinary life. Brian McKenzie spoke to Doris and her sister Irmgard, who still lives in Germany, about what they witnessed as children and their lives since. Doris Sinkora lives alone in a small apartment in Brighton. The Rich Heritage of Catharine Parr Traill, Pioneer, Author and Botanist. Miniature portrait of Catharine Parr Strickland (her name before her marriage).

The Rich Heritage of Catharine Parr Traill, Pioneer, Author and Botanist

Image: National Archives of Canada, C-067337 © Public domain International Women’s Day is a good time for us at the National Herbarium of Canada to remember the many women who have shaped our understanding and appreciation of Canada’s plant life. There are so many! This year, I’d like to thank Catharine Parr Traill, the dedicated and artistic creator of more than 20 bound herbaria (blank books filled with pressed plants and annotations) that now hold treasured places in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s plant collection. Each of these herbaria has a unique history, content and potential value.

Why are they so incredibly special? Left: Catharine Parr Traill sometimes filled pages with plants of many kinds and from many places. Vachell Diaries. Happy Birthday to Diana Ruth Wilson,... - Sherborne Museum. Women's Scientific Practice in Botany. Margaret Gatty’s algal herbarium in St Andrews. In February 2013, NatSCA kindly granted me the Bill Pettit Memorial Award in order to assess and describe the algal herbarium of Margaret Gatty in the St Andrews University Herbarium.

Margaret Gatty’s algal herbarium in St Andrews

Detail of: Chorda filum (Linnaeus) Stackhouse. Collected in Filey (Yorkshire.UK), August 1871. MG0079 in the Margaret Gatty herbarium, STA. Margaret Gatty (1809-1873) started collecting seaweeds in 1848 when she spent some months convalescing at Hastings. She built up a large herbarium of her own collections, supplemented by local and foreign specimens sent to her by phycologists such as William Henry Harvey, Catherine Cutler and Jacob Georg Agardh. 'Only let there be sea' - The life and work of Margaret Gatty. Archive of the Month. Archive of the Month – February 2016.

Archive of the Month

» Ellen Hutchins: Ireland’s First Female Botanist. Sarah Dutton is a project coordinator in the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium, where she is working on a project to digitize the Steere Herbarium’s collection of algae. I recently happened across the oldest specimen that I have ever seen in the William and Lynda Steere Herbarium. It was collected in August 1807 in Bantry Bay, Ireland, by a woman named “Miss Hutchins.” While digitizing lichen, bryophyte, and algal specimens over the last two years, I have become familiar with Miss Hutchins’ name. Her specimens appear to be some of the oldest in these collections, all dating from the very early 1800s. I finally decided to investigate: who was this Miss Hutchins? When she returned to her home in Bantry Bay, Miss Hutchins continued to delve deeply into botany. Unfortunately, Hutchins had a difficult home life.

Upon her death, Ellen Hutchins’ personal herbarium was given to her friend and colleague, Dawson Turner. Sources: Ellen Hutchins: Ireland's First Female Botanist. Ellen Hutchins was from Ballylickey, where her family had a small estate at the head of Bantry Bay, County Cork Ireland. Her father, Thomas, who was a magistrate, died when Ellen. Mary Merrifield. The Victorian era is considered the golden age of natural history collecting. The pursuit of fauna and flora from around the planet was driven both by a desire to learn about nature, as well as a quest to prove oneself against the wilderness. Victorians collected almost everything to do with the natural world. However, women were excluded from collecting most things by the rules of Victorian society, usually relegated to collecting plants.

Some of these women took full advantage of a science that was acceptable for them to study, becoming leading authorities in botany. BBC Radio 4 - The Mother of the Sea. When Housewives Were Seduced by Seaweed. Among quaint fads of the 19th century, like riding bicycles or playing board games, one sticks out like a sore thumb—the Victorian-era obsession with seaweed. That’s right: Affluent Victorians often spent hours painstakingly collecting, drying, and mounting these underwater plants into decorative scrapbooks. Why seaweed? “Part of the appeal was what a seaweed collection said about the collector.” In Western Europe and the Americas, the 18th and 19th centuries were a time of major cultural upheaval, as industrialization reshaped nearly every aspect of daily life. New national holidays and improved labor laws gave working people more time off, which they could spend at home or enjoy by the seashore, often a quick train ride away.

The shift to wage labor also helped spread the concept of leisure time, when people could explore their personal interests and hobbies.