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Biographical entry Vickery, Joyce Winifred (1908 - 1979)


15 December 1908
Strathfield, New South Wales, Australia
29 May 1979
Cheltenham, New South Wales, Australia
Plant taxonomist


Joyce Vickery was a forensic botanist who was most noted for her work on the kidnap and murder case of Graham Thorne in 1960. The successful conviction of the culprit was based largely on her analysis of crime scene plant matter and soil. Vickery was the first female researcher appointed to the New South Wales Herbarium and many of her taxonomic correspondences between 1935 and 1972 are housed at the Royal Botanic Gardens, New South Wales.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Sydney
1931 - 1936
Career position - Science research scholarship at the University of Sydney
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Sydney
Career position - President of the University of Sydney Biology Society
1936 - 1964
Career position - Assistant Botanist at the National Herbarium of New South Wales
1937 - 1938
Career position - Spent a year at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, London
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Sydney
Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Award - Clarke Medal received from the Royal Society of New South Wales
1964 - 1968
Career position - Senior Botanist at the National Herbarium of New South Wales
Life event - Retired
1971 - 1978
Life event - Honorary Treasurer of the Linnean Society of New South Wales
1973 - 1979
Life event - Honorary Research Fellow at the National Herbarium of New South Wales

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Book Sections

  • Holland, Alison, 'Joyce Vickery (1908-1979) botanist', in Heather Radi (ed.), 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Women's Redress Press Inc, Sydney, 1988. Details
  • Hooker, Claire, 'Vickery, Joyce Winifred (1908-1979), Botanist and Conservationist', in John Ritchie and Diane Langmore (eds), Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 16, Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2002, pp. 452-453. Also available at Details

Journal Articles

  • Hooker, Claire, 'Joyce Winifrid Vickery: Taxonomic Botanist', Australasian Science, vol. 21, no. 7, 2000, p. 46. Details
  • Lee, Alma, 'Joyce Winifred Vickery 1908-1979', Telopea, vol. 2, no. 1, 1980, pp. 1-9. Details
  • Vickery, Joyce W., 'Obituary: Robert Henry Anderson (1899-1969) [includes list of publications]', Contributions. New South Wales. National Herbarium, vol. 4, no. 5, 1972, pp. 245-249. Details

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Digital resources

Joyce Vickery


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