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Biographical entry Galbraith, Jean (1906 - 1999)

28 March 1906
Victoria, Australia
2 January 1999
Victoria, Australia
Naturalist and Botanical collector


Jean Galbraith, a prominent Victorian naturalist, joined the Field Naturalists' Club of Victoria in 1923 and in 1970 was awarded their Australian Natural History Medallion. Although seldom travelling from the family property in Gippsland (V.), Galbraith became expert in the botany of south-eastern Australia. She learnt botany by correspondence from Herbert Williamson. In 1950 she published "Wildflowers of Victoria" which by 1970 had gone to three editions. For many years Galbraith wrote in popular gardening magazines and newspapers under the pseudonym 'Correa'. Over 1,000 of Galbraith's specimens were lodged in the National Herbarium of Victoria.



Award - Australian Natural History Medallion

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Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Jean Galbraith - Records, 1920 - 1980; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions



  • Allen, Terri G., Gippsland Lady Botanists (Inverloch, Vic.: South Gippsland Conservation Society, 2007), 97 pp. Details
  • Fletcher, Meredith, Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley (Clayton (Vic.): Monash University Publishing in association with State Library of Victoria, 2014), 306 pp. Details
  • Latreille, A., Kindred spirits: a botanical correspondence, letters by Jean Galbraith, drawings by Joan Law-Smith (South Yarra, Vic.: Australian Garden History Society, 1999), 223 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Aston, H. I., 'Jean Galbraith 28 March 1906-2 January 1999: a tribute', Victorian naturalist, 116 (1999), 73-5. Details
  • Fletcher, Meredith, 'Becoming 'Correa':Jean Galbraith and 'Australian Native Flowers', La Trobe Journal, 84 (2010), 11-22. Details
  • Galbraith, Jean, 'Botanists and the FNCV - the first 30 years', Victorian Naturalist, 97 (3) (1980), 114-120. Details
  • Gillbank, Linden, 'Of Victorian specimens and species: the naming of Dampiera galbraithiana in honour of Jean Galbraith', Victorian Naturalist, 143 (3) (2017), 76-80. Details



  • Fletcher, Meredith, Jean Galbraith: Writer in a Valley (2014)
    Martin, Susan K., Australian Historical Studies, 46 (2), (2015), 334-5. Details

See also

  • Griffiths, Tom, Hunters and Collectors: the Antiquarian Imagination in Australia (Cambridge/Melbourne: Cambridge University Press, 1996), 430 pp. Details
  • Houghton, Sheila, '"If it is not against the rules": women in the FNCV 1880 - 1980', Victorian Naturalist, 122 (6) (2005), 290-306. Details

McCarthy, G.J.