Gippsland Lady Botanists

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South Gippsland Conservation Society, 2007 - Botanists - 98 pages
"Botany was considered a suitable pursuit for young women in the 19th century until it was noticed that flowers, the biggest attraction for most ladies, were the sexual organs of plants. Certain males of that time believed that the female mind would be corrupted by observing such items and attempted to prevent women from studying botany. Fortunately botany as a pursuit for women persisted. The women chronicled in this book had an interest in orchids before expanding into the wider world of plants. They corresponded with professional botanists and increased their knowledge. None of them had access to the books published today. Terri Allen has done a great service in reminding us of the persistence, the energy, the communication, illustration and educative skills and the intelligence of women who have recorded the Gippsland flora and who fought to conserve the plant communities they described."

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