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Biographical entry George, Elizabeth (1935 - 2012)

15 February 1935
Scottsdale, Tasmania, Australia
30 November 2012
Yokine, Western Australia, Australia
Alternative Names
  • Berndt, Elizabeth Anne


Elizabeth George became fascinated with the native flora and particularly the genus Verticordia after moving to Western Australia in 1970 and joining the local wildflower society. With the encouragement of botanist Alex George, she embarked on a systematic search for species of Verticordia (featherflowers) in the bush. In the course of this work the number of recognised species nearly doubled. The culmination of her efforts was the publication in 2002 of her definitive study of the genus, with 100 paintings by Margaret Pieroni. In addition a reference collection of more than 1,400 herbarium specimens, assembled with the assistance of approximately 250 volunteers, was lodged with the Western Australian Herbarium. George was active in the Western Australian Wildflower Society, as a committee member and participating in flora surveys, and in the Australian Society for Growing Australian Plants.



Education - Certificate of Horticulture, Bentley Technical College, Western Australia
Life event - Moved to Western Australia
Career position - Member, Darling Range Branch, Wildflower Society of Western Australia
Award - Australian Plants Award, Amateur Section, Australian Society for Growing Australian Plants
Award - Life Member, Western Australian Wildflower Society

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  • Dempster, Hazel, 'Elizabeth A George - "The Turner of Hearts" to the Genus Verticordia', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, vol. 153, 2012, pp. 43-8. Details

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