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Biographical entry Waddell, Winifred (1884 - 1972)

MBE

Born
8 October 1884
Nook's Head, Cumberland, England
Died
1972
Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Botanist

Summary

Winifred Waddell was a mathematics teacher who was passionate about Australian plants. In 1949 she formed a wildflower preservation group within the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. This group became the Native Plants Preservation Society of Victoria in 1952, with Waddell as Secretary. She worked tirelessly to establish wildflower sanctuaries around Victoria, the first of over 70 being at Tallarook in 1949. A collection of articles written by Waddell for the "Junior section" of The age newspaper between 1960 and 1964 was edited for publication as Wildflower diary (1976) by Jean Galbraith.

Details

Educated Royal Holloway College, London (BSc)

Events

1906
Education - BSc, Royal Holloway College, University of London
1916 - 1940
Career position - Mathematics Teacher at Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School
1935 - 1941
Career position - Chief of Staff, Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School
1937 - 1939
Career position - Acting Head Mistress, Melbourne Church of England Girls Grammar School
1941
Career position - Tutor at Trinity College
1942
Life event - Retired
1942 - 1945
Career position - Tutor at the University of Melbourne
1949 - 1952
Career position - Established Wildflower Preservation Group within Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1952 - 1966
Career position - Founder and Secretary, Native Plants Preservation Society of Victoria
1964
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion received from the Field Naturalists' Club
1964
Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

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Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Waddell, Winifred, 1884-1972, papers, 1906 - 1965, MS 9403 (MSB 463); State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Books

  • Waddell, W.: edited by Jean Galbraith, Wildflower diary: a memorial volume compiled from articles published in the Junior Age during the period 1960-64 (Melbourne: Native Plants Preservation Society of Victoria, 1976), 150 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Marks, Robin, 'From Head's Nook to the High Plains: Winifred Waddell and the Native Plants Preservation Society of Victoria', Australian Garden History, 22 (2) (2011), 13-8. Details

Resources

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See also

  • Houghton, Sheila, '"If it is not against the rules": women in the FNCV 1880 - 1980', Victorian Naturalist, 122 (6) (2005), 290-306. Details

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