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Biographical entry McKeon, Gwladys Yvonne (1897 - 1979)

23 August 1897
Llanelly, Wales
15 August 1979
Kedron, Queensland, Australia
Biologist and Natural history artist


Gwladys Yvonne McKeon was a biologist with a passion for Australia's marine environment. She worked for the government Cattle Tick Investigation Committee and the Australian Hookworm Campaign, but had to retire once she married. When the family moved to Harvey Bay, McKeon began collecting a vast array of marine flora and fauna specimens. These were sent to many Australian research institutes and museums. In 1966 she wrote and illustrated the book Life on the Australian Seashore.



Education - Bachelor of Science with Honours (BSc (Hons)) completed at the University of Queensland
1918 - 1920
Career position - Scientist-in-charge of the Tick Biology Station at West Burleigh, Queensland
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Queensland
1920 - 1923
Career position - Microscopist with the Australian Hookworm Campaign
Career position - Life on the Australian Seashore published

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

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Edited Books

  • McKay, Judith (ed.), Brilliant Careers: Women Collectors and Illustrators in Queensland, Queensland Museum, Brisbane, 1997, 80 pp. Details

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