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Biographical entry Harris, Thistle Yolette (1902 - 1990)

29 July 1902
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
5 July 1990
Author, Botanist and Conservationist
Alternative Names
  • Stead, Thistle Yolette (married name)


Thistle Harris was a lecturer in biological science at the Sydney Teachers' College and was Honorary Secretary and President of the Wild Life Preservation Society of Australia. She published many books on Australian plants. In the early 1960s she established the Wirrimbirra Wildlife Sanctuary in Bargo, New South Wales, in honour of her late husband David George Stead. She left the sanctuary to the National Trust.



1921 - 1924
Education - BSc, Botany Major, University of Sydney
c. 1924
Education - Dip. Ed., Sydney Teachers College
1924 - 1938
Career position - Held a series of teaching positions in NSW secondary schools
1934 - 1960
Career position - Editor, Junior tree warden
1938 - 1962
Career position - Lecturer in Biological Science, Sydney Teachers College
Education - MEd, University of New South Wales
1945 - 1990
Career position - Member, Field Naturalists Club of Victoria
1949 - 1952
Career position - President, Wild Life Preservation Society of Australia
1958 - ?
Career position - Editor, Australian wild life
Award - Australian Natural History Medallion
Award - Awarded an honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Wollongong

Related Awards

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Thistle Yolette Harris - Records, 1920 - 1972, DeB 574; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Hooker, Claire, Irresistible Forces: Australian Women in Science (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2004), 215 pp. Details
  • Webb, Joan, Thistle Y. Harris (Sydney: Surrey Beatty & Sons, 1998). Details

Book Sections

Journal Articles

  • Willis, J. H., 'Latest two recipients of the Australian Natural History Medallion', Victorian Naturalist, 81 (6) (1964), 192-3. Details


McCarthy, G.J.