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Biographical entry McArthur, Kathleen Rennie (1915 - 2000)

Born
1915
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Died
2000
Caloundra, Queensland, Australia
Occupation
Botanical artist and Conservationist

Summary

Kathleen Rennie McArthur was a self taught botanical artist who recorded a full years blooming of wildflowers along the Sunshine Coast. The material was turned into her first book Queensland Wildflowers: A Selection (1959, Jacaranda Press). McArthur exhibited and sold her artwork nationally. A keen conservationist, she co-founded the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland and was involved in many campaigns including pushing for preservation of what is now Cooloola National Park. The James Cook University of Northern Queensland awarded her an Honorary Doctorate for her contributions to botany and the environment.

Details

Events

1959
Career position - Queensland Wildflowers: A Selection published
1960
Career position - Exhibited her work in Cairns
1962 - 1965
Career position - Vice-President of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland
1963
Career position - Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, Caloundra branch founded
1976
Career position - Exhibited her work in Canberra
1982
Career position - Bush in Bloom published
1986
Career position - Looking at Australian Wildflowers published
1996
Education - Doctor of Science honoris causa (Hon DSc) received from James Cook University of Northern Queensland

Published resources

Books

  • Somerville, Margaret, Wildflowering: the Life and Places of Kathleen McArthur, University of Queensland Press, 2004. Details

Edited Books

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

Online Resources

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