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Nancy Tyson BURBIDGE

Born: 5 August 1912

Died: 4 March 1977

Special Achievements:

1960 - Founder and second president, National Parks Association of the Australian Capital Territory (NPA ACT).

1961 - First woman to receive a Doctor of Science) (D Sc) from University of Western Australia.

1971 - Awarded Clarke Medal of the Royal Society of New South Wales for achievements in taxonomic botany and ecology.

1972 - First Life Member National Parks Association of the Australian Capital Territory (NPA ACT).

1976 - Awarded an Order of Australia (AM).

Commemorated by the Nancy T. Burbidge Memorial, an amphitheatre in the National Botanic Gardens, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory and Mount Burbidge in Namadgi National Park.

Additional Information:

Botanical scientist and Curator of Herbarium, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) Division of Plant Industry 1946-1973 (including a secondment at Kew Gardens, UK). Published widely (e.g., Dictionary of Australian Plant Genera, Flora of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)); active lobbyist for national parks. Member Australian Federation University Women; President (1957-8) and Secretary (1961-68) of Pan-Pacific and South East Asia Women’s Association; helped set up scholarships for Aboriginal women and establish a women’s Hall of Residence at University of Papua New Guinea (PNG).


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