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Biographical entry Blackwood, Margaret (1909 - 1986)


26 April 1909
Botanist and Geneticist


Dame Margaret Blackwood was Lecturer in Botany after World War II and was Dean of Women at the Mildura Branch of the University of Melbourne. She was at Cambridge 1948-1950 before returning to Melbourne where she was a Senior Lecturer until her retirement in 1975.



1939 - 1941
Career position - Caroline Kay Research Scholar in Plant Cytology and Genetics
1941 - 1946
Career position - Women's Auxiliary Australian Air Force (WAAAF), rising to Wing Officer
1946 - 1948
Career position - Lecturer in Botany and Dean of Women at the Mildura Branch of the University of Melbourne
1948 - 1950
Career position - Newnham College at Cambridge
1951 - 1975
Career position - Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
1957 - 1958
Career position - Australian and New Zealand Chairman of Soroptimist International Association
Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)
Life event - Retired
1975 - 1983
Career position - Member of the University Council
Award - Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE)
1981 - 1983
Career position - Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Melbourne

Archival resources

The University of Melbourne Archives

  • Margaret Blackwood - Records, 1946 - 1984; The University of Melbourne Archives. Details

Published resources

Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Carey, Jane, Women and Science at the University of Melbourne: Reflections on the Career of Dame Margaret Blackwood (Melbourne: University of Melbourne, History of the University Project, 1996), 24 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Carey, Jane, 'Blackwood, Dame Margaret (1909-1986), Botanist and Geneticist' in Australian Dictionary of Biography, vol. 17 (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2007), pp. 110-111. Details
  • Falk, Barbara, 'Margaret Blackwood (1909-1986) botanist' in 200 Australian Women: A Redress Anthology, Heather Radi, ed. (Sydney: Women's Redress Press Inc, 1988). Details

Edited Books

  • Radi, H. ed., 200 Australian Women: a Redress Anthology (Sydney: Women's Redress Press Inc, 1988), 268 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Carey, Jane, 'Margaret Blackwood (1909-1986)', Australasian Science, 20 (3) (1999), 46. Details


Resource Sections


  • Carey, Jane, 'Barrier Unknown? Margaret Blackwood's Life in Science', BAHons thesis, Department of History, University of Melbourne, 1995. Details
  • Carey, Jane, 'Departing from their sphere: Australian women and science, 1880-1960', PhD thesis, The University of Melbourne, 2003, 356 pp. Details

See also

  • Alexander, John A. ed., Who's Who in Australia 1944, vol. 12 (Melbourne: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, 1944), 906 pp. Details

McCarthy, G.J.