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Biographical entry Flockton, Lilian Margaret (Margaret) (1861 - 1953)

29 September 1861
Sussex, England
12 August 1953
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical artist


Margaret Flockton was a renowned botanical illustrator who worked at the National Herbarium within the Sydney Botanic Gardens for 27 years.


She illustrated several books written by J.H. Maiden, then director of the Sydney Botanic Gardens, including Forest Flora of New South Wales and Critical Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus. At the time she was Australia's leading, if not only, female lithographer. The Botanic Gardens Trust Archive owns over 1000 of her illustrations.


c. 1879
Life event - Emigrated to Australia, aged 19
Career event - Commenced work at the National Herbarium, Sydney Botanical Gardens
Taxonomy event - Eucalyptus flocktoniae (Maiden) Maiden was named in her honour
Career event - Retired from her position at the National Herbarium

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Encyclopedia of Australian Science Exhibitions


  • Hooker, Claire, Irresistible Forces: Australian Women in Science (Carlton: Melbourne University Press, 2004), 215 pp. Details
  • Wilson, Louise, Margaret Flockton: a fragrant memory (Mile End, S.A.: Wakefield Press, 2016), 305 pp. Details
  • Wrigley, J. and Fagg, M., Eucalypts: A Celebration (Crows Nest Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2010), 344 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Bell, Pamela, 'Margaret Flockton, Botanical Artist', Australian Garden History, 22 (1) (2011), 12-15, 32. Details


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See also

  • Hall, Norman, Botanists of the Eucalypts: short biographies of people who have named eucalypts, whose names have been given to species or who have collected type material (Melbourne: CSIRO, 1978), 101 pp. Details

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