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Biographical entry Fiveash, Rosa Catherine (1854 - 1938)

22 July 1854
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
13 February 1938
Botanical artist


Rosa Fiveash illustrated numerous publications on South Australian flora including J.E. Brown's The Forest Flora of South Australia (1882-1890).

Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Brown, John Ednie, The forest flora of South Australia, Government Printer, Adelaide, 1882, 94 pp. Also available at Details
  • Olsen, Penny, Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2012, 248 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010, 344 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Gibberd, Joyce, 'Rosa Fiveash (1854-1938) botanical artist', in Heather Radi (ed.), 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988. Details
  • Sims, Eric B., 'Fiveash, Rosa Catherine (1854-1938)', in Bede Nairn and Geoffrey Serle (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 8, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1981, pp. 517-518. Also available at Details

Edited Books

  • Radi, H. (ed.), 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988, 268 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Sims, E., 'Rosa Catherine Fiveash', South Australian Naturalist, vol. 49, no. 3, 1975, pp. 44-47. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J., Moje, C.