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Biographical entry Thomson, Estelle (1894 - 1953)

Glasgow, Scotland
6 September 1953
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Naturalist and Botanical artist


Estelle Thomson was a naturalist and botanical artist who became an expert on the birds of Queensland. She arrived in Australia in 1919 with her husband and they set up a farm at Eight Mile Plains in Queensland. There she spent all her free time studying and drawing the local wildflowers and animals. Thomson's book Flowers in Our Bush was one of the most popular field guides of the time. She also had a regular column in the Brisbane Courier and Telegraph newspapers and presented children's talks on wildlife on the ABC. The University of Queensland's Medical School commissioned her to produce a series of paintings on poisonous plants.

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions

Edited Books

  • McKay, Judith ed., Brilliant Careers: Women Collectors and Illustrators in Queensland (Brisbane: Queensland Museum, 1997), 80 pp. Details


Annette Alafaci