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Biographical entry Weste, Gretna Margaret (1917 - 2006)


5 September 1917
Dumfries, Scotland
September 2006


Gretna Weste worked in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne 1961-1982, retiring as Reader. She was the foremost authority in Australia on the biological behaviour of the cinnamon fungus, Phytophthora cinnamoni, which travels in disturbed soil and was responsible for the 'dieback' disease in forests of Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.



Education - Bachelor of Science (BSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
Education - Master of Science (MSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1939 - 1941
Career position - Plant Pathologist at the Forests Commission of Victoria
1955 - 1960
Career position - Biology Teacher at Firbank Church of England Girls' Grammar School
1961 - 1982
Career position - Co-ordinator and Reader in Botany at the University of Melbourne (Assistant Lecturer 1965-74, Senior Lecturer 1974-80, Reader 1980-82)
Education - Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) completed at the University of Melbourne
1982 -
Career position - Senior Associate in the School of Botany at the University of Melbourne
Education - Doctor of Science (DSc) received from the University of Melbourne
Award - Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Award - Australasian Plant Pathology Society Medal received

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Edited Books

  • Clifford, Harold T. (ed.), Cambridge - Castlemaine: a Tribute to John Stewart Turner on the Occasion of his 80th Birthday, Botany Department, University of Queensland, St Lucia, 1988, 71 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Gillbank, Linden, 'Dr Gretna Margaret Weste AM, 5 September 1917 - 30 August 2006', Victorian Naturalist, vol. 124, no. 3, 2007, pp. 183-7. Details
  • Weste, G. M., 'A long and varied fungal foray', Australasian Plant Pathology, vol. 34, 2005, pp. 433-7. Details


  • Carey, Jane, 'Departing from their sphere: Australian women and science, 1880-1960', PhD thesis, The University of Melbourne, 2003, 356 pp. Details

Online Resources

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