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Biographical entry Maroske, Sara (1961 - )

5 March 1961
Warracknabeal, Victoria, Australia
Science historian


Sara Maroske has published and taught extensively in the history of botany, natural history and environmental history. She has been co-editor Historical records of Australian Science since 2015, having been Book review editor for the journal 2010-2014. Maroske is an Editor of the 'The correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller Project', and an Honorary Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Current projects include biographies of Ferdinand von Mueller and Sophie Ducker.



Education - BA, University of Melbourne
1989 - 1999
Career position - Researcher, Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller Project
Education - PhD, University of Melbourne
2010 - 2014
Career position - Book review editor, Historical Records of Australian Science
2015 -
Career position - Co-editor, Historical Records of Australian Science

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Published resources

Book Sections

  • Gascoigne, John and Maroske, Sara, 'Colonial Science and Technology' in The Cambridge History of Australia, vol. 1, Indigenous and Colonial Australia, Bashford, Alison and Macintyre, Stuart, eds (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013), pp. 438-86. Details
  • Gillbank, L. and Maroske, S., 'Behind the botany of the Horn Expedition: Ferdinand Mueller's documentation of the larapintine flora' in Exploring central Australia: society, the environment and the 1894 Horn Expedition, Morton, S. R. and Mulvaney, D. J., eds (Chipping Norton, N.S.W.: Surrey Beatty & Sons, 1996), pp. 209-21. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'The Whole Great Continent as a Present: Nineteenth-century Australian Women Workers in Science' in On the Edge of Discovery: Australian Women in Science, Farley Kelly, ed. (Melbourne: Text Publishing Company, 1993), pp. 13-34. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'Germans at the Melbourne Botanic Garden and Herbarium, 1853-96' in Baron von Mueller's German Melbourne, Ellen I. Mitchell, ed. (Bundoora, Victoria: La Trobe University, 2000), pp. 24-34. Details

Conference Papers

  • Maroske, Sara, 'Regardfully Yours Ferd. von Mueller', in Recovering Science: Strategies and Models for the Past, Present and Future: Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Melbourne, October 1992 edited by Tim Sherratt, Lisa Jooste and Rosanne Clayton (Canberra: Australian Science Archives Project, 1995), pp. 35-38.. Details

Edited Books

  • Home, R. W., Lucas, A. M., Maroske, Sara, Sinkora, D. M., and Voigt, J. H. eds, Regardfully Yours: Selected Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, Volume 2, 1860-1875, vol. 2 (Bern: Peter Lang, 2002), 865 pp. Details
  • Home, R. W., Lucas, A.M., Maroske, Sara, Sinkora, D.M. and Voigt, J.H. eds, Regardfully Yours: Selected Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, Volume 1, 1840-1859, vol. 1 (Berne: Peter Lang Verlag, 1998), 850 pp. Details
  • Home, R. W., Lucas, A.M., Maroske, Sara, Sinkora, D.M., Voigt, J.H. and Wells, M. eds, Regardfully Yours: Selected Correspondence of Ferdinand von Mueller, Volume 3, 1876-1896, vol. 3 (Bern: Peter Lang, 2006), 909 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Archer, B.; Maroske, S., 'Sarah Brooks - Plant Collector for Ferdinand Mueller', The Victorian Naturalist, 113 (1996), 188-194. Details
  • Brown-May, A. and Maroske, S., 'Breaking into the quietude: re-reading the personal life of Ferdinand von Mueller', Public History Review, 3 (1994), 36-63. Details
  • Cohn, Helen M.; Maroske, Sara, 'Relief from Duties of Minor Importance - the Removal of Baron von Mueller from the Directorship of the Royal Botanic Gardens', Victorian Historical Journal, 67 (1) (1996), 103-127. Details
  • Cohn, Helen M.; Maroske, Sara, 'Royal Botanic Gardens, Melbourne: a Select Annotated Bibiliography', Victorian Historical Journal, 67 (1) (1996), 167-174. Details
  • Dowe, John Leslie and Maroske, Sara, '"These princely plants": Ferdinand Mueller and the naming of Australasian plants', Historical Records of Australian Science, 27 (1) (2016), 13-27, Details
  • Gillbank, Linden and Maroske, Sara, 'Fourteen plants and a fungus: Ferdinand Mueller's taxonomic imprint on the flora of the Buffalo Range', Victorian Naturalist, 115 (1998), 188-91. Details
  • Heathcote, J. and Maroske, S., 'Drifting sands and Marram grass on the south-west coast of Victoria in the last century', Victorian Naturalist, 113 (1996), 10-5. Details
  • Home, R. W. and Maroske, Sara, 'Ferdinand von Mueller and the French Consuls', Explorations: A Bulletin Devoted to the Study of Franco-Australian Links, 18 (June 1995; issued December 1997) (1995), 3-50. Details
  • Home, R. W., Maroske, Sara; Lucas, A. M. and Lucas, P. J., 'Why Explore Antarctica?: Australian Discussions in the 1880s', Australian Journal of Politics and History, 38 (1992), 386-413. Details
  • Lucas, A.M., Lucas, Paula, Darragh, T. A. and Maroske, S., 'Colonial pride and metropolitan expectations: the British Museum and Melbourne's meteorites', British Journal for the History of Science, 27 (1994), 65-87. Details
  • Lucas, A.M., Maroske, Sara and Brown-May, Andrew, 'Bringing Science to the Public: Ferdinand von Mueller and Botanical Education in Victorian Victoria', Annals of Science, 63 (1) (2006), 25-57. Details
  • Maroske, S. and May, A., 'Public conferment from the Melbourne Botanic Gardens, 1870', Australian Garden History, 4 (4) (1993), 8-14. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'The Private Life of a Public Figure: Baron Ferdinand von Mueller, 1825-1896', Historical Records of Australian Science, 11 (3) (1997), 335-344. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'Sophie Ducker's Contribution to the History of Botany', Australian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 120 (2004), 20-25. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'Ferdinand Mueller and the Shape of Nature: Nineteenth-Century Systems of Plant Classification', Historical Records of Australian Science, 17 (2) (2006), 147-168. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'Educational Exsiccatae: Ferdinand von Mueller's Botanical Lessons in Colonial Victoria', reCollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, 2 (2007), 37-47. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'Australian and Indian Plants: Making Connexions in Nineteenth-Century Botany', Historical Records of Australian Science, 23 (2012), 107-29. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, '"A Taste for Botanic Science": Ferdinand Mueller's Female Collectors and the History of Australian Botany', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 72-91. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'Doris Martha Sinkora (1927 - 2017) - herbarium curator, phycologist, historian of botany', Australasian Systematic Botany Society Newsletter, 174 (2018), 33-6. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, 'Hugh Bryan Spencer Womersley 1922 - 2011', Historical Records of Australian Science, 30 (2) (2019), 178-90, Details
  • Maroske, Sara and Cohn, Helen M., 'Such Ingenious Birds: Ferdinand Mueller and William Swainson in Victoria', Muelleria, 7 (4) (1992), 529-553. Details
  • Maroske, Sara and May, Tom W., 'Naming names: the first women taxonomists in mycology', Studies in mycology, 89 (2017), 63-84. Details
  • Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison, 'Ferdinand Mueller's Female Plant Collectors: a Biographical Register', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 92-172. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, May, Tom W., Taylor, Angela, Vaughan, Alison and Lucas, A. M., 'On the threshold of mycology: Flora Martin née Campbell (1845 - 1923)', Muelleria, 36 (2018), 51-73. Details
  • Maroske, Sara, Robin, Libby and McCarthy, Gavan, 'Building the history of Australian science: five projects of Professor R. W. Home (1980 - present)', Historical Records of Australian Science, 28 (1) (2017), 1-11. Details
  • May, T and Maroske, S., 'Ferdinand von Mueller, Exhibitioner Extraordinaire', Victorian Naturalist, 113 (1996), 143-145. Details
  • May, T. W., Maroske, S. and Sinkora, D. M., ''The mycologist, the Baron, his fungi hunters and the mystery artist', Botanic magazine, 6 (1995), 36-9. Details

Newspaper Articles




  • Maroske, Sara, 'Science by Correspondence: Ferdinand Mueller and Botany in Nineteenth Century Australia', PhD thesis, University of Melbourne, 2005, 238 pp. Details

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