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Biographical entry Meredith, Louisa Ann (1812 - 1895)

Born
20 July 1812
Birmingham, England
Died
21 October 1895
Collingwood, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Author and Botanical artist

Summary

Louisa Ann Meredith was a keen naturalist who studied the plants (aquatic and land), insects and fish of Tasmania's east coast and was made an honorary member of the Tasmanian Royal Society. She was also a talented illustrator winning numerous national and international awards for her wildflower drawings. Louisa Meredith is perhaps best known for being a prolific writer of poetry, journals and even some fiction. She has at least twelve publications to her name, six of which detail the flora and fauna of Australia, especially Tasmania. In 1884 the Tasmanian government awarded her a pension for her 'distinguished literary and artistic services'.

Details

Events

1832
Career position - First book of poems and illustrations released
1839
Life event - Migrated to Australia (Sydney)
1840
Life event - Moved to Oyster Bay in Tasmania
1842 - 1891
Career position - Seven books of poems published
1844
Career position - Notes and Sketches of New South Wales published in London
1850
Career position - My Home in Tasmania, During a Residence of Nine Years published
1858
Life event - Moved to Orford in Tasmania
1866
Award - Medal at the Melbourne Exhibition received for her wildflower illustrations

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

Books

  • De Vries-Evans, Susanna, Pioneer Women, Pioneer Land: Yesterday's Tall Poppies, Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1987, 280 pp. Details
  • Forsyth, Holly Kerr, Remembered Gardens: Eight Women and Their Visions of an Australian Landscape, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 2006, 273 pp. Details
  • Meredith, Louisa, Notes and Sketches of New South wales, During a Residence in that Colony from 1839-1844, John Murray, London, 1844. Details
  • Meredith, Louisa Anne, My Home in Tasmania: During a Residence of Nine Years, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2010, 300 pp. Details
  • Musgrave, A., Bibliography of Australian Entomology, 1775-1930, Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales., Sydney, 1932, 380 pp. Details
  • Norton, Leonie, Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s to the 1960s, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2009, 126 pp. Details
  • Olsen, Penny, Collecting Ladies: Ferdinand von Mueller and Women Botanical Artists, National Library of Australia, Canberra, 2012, 248 pp. Details
  • Rae-Ellis, Vivienne, Louisa Anne Meredith: a Tigress in Exile, St David's Park Publishing, Hobart, 1990, 273 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration, Allen & Unwin, Crows Nest Australia, 2010, 344 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Johnston, Judith, 'The "Very Poetry of Frogs": Louisa Anne Meredith in Australia', in Barbara Gates and Ann Shteir (eds), Natural Eloquence: Women Reinscribe Science, University of Wisconsin Press, Madison, USA, 1997. Details
  • Lawson, Elizabeth, 'Louisa Anne Meredith, 1812-1895', in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2004. Details
  • Moyal, Ann, 'Collectors and illustrators: women botanists of the nineteenth century', in Carr, D. J. and Carr, S. G. M. (eds), People and Plants in Australia, Academic Press, Sydney, 1981, pp. 333-56. Details
  • O'Neill, Sally, 'Meredith, Charles (1811-1180) and Louisa Ann (1812-1895)', in Douglas Pike (ed.), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 5, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1974, pp. 239-240. Also available at http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A050274b.htm. Details

Journal Articles

  • Ellis, Vivienne Rae, 'Louisa Anne Meredith - a conservationist to her 19th century bootlaces', Habitat, vol. 2, no. 1, 1974, pp. 8-12. Details
  • Johnston, Judith, '"Woman's Testimony": Imperialist Discourse in the Professional Colonial Travel Writing of Meredith and Traill', Australian and New Zealand Studies in Canada, vol. 11, 1994, pp. 34-55. Details
  • Maiden, J.H., 'Records of Tasmanian Botanists', Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 1909, pp. 9-29. Details
  • Swann, Margaret, 'Mrs. Meredith and Miss Atkinson, Writers and Naturalists', Journal of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, vol. 15, 1929, pp. 1-14. Details
  • Swann, Margaret, 'Mrs. Meredith and Miss Atkinson, Writers and Naturalists', Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society, vol. 15, 1929, pp. 14-29. Details

Reviews

  • Cohn, Helen M., review of Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s to the 1960s, Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 21, 2010, pp. 292-4. Details
  • Olsen, Penny, review of Meredith, Louisa Anne, My Home in Tasmania: During a Residence of Nine Years (2010), Historical Records of Australian Science, vol. 22, 2011, pp. 312-3. Details

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See also

McCarthy, G.J.