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Biographical entry Hynes, Sarah (Sally) (1859 - 1938)

30 September 1859
Gdansk, Poland
27 May 1938
Randwick, New South Wales, Australia
Botanist and Teacher


Sarah Hynes received her botanical training in London. After arriving in Australia in the 1880s, she taught at the Sydney Technical College before accepting a position as botanical assistant at the Technological Museum. She was thus the first woman to hold a government appointment in science in New South Wales. In 1901 she transferred to the state Herbarium. Her strong personality and feminist views brought her into conflict with her colleagues and she was transferred to the Department of Public Instruction. Hynes was the first woman to become a member of the Linnean Society of New South Wales. In 1921 she played a leading role in the purchase by the Commonwealth Government of the paintings of Ellis Rowan. Hynes taught in several school for over 10 years before retiring in 1923.



Education - BA, University of Sydney
Career position - Member, Linnean Society of New South Wales
Career position - Teacher, Sydney Technical College
1898 - 1901
Career position - Botanical Assistant, Technological Museum, Sydney
1901 - 1910
Career position - Botanical Assistant, Sydney Botanic Gardens
1910 - 1923
Career position - Teacher, New South Wales Department of Public Instruction
Life event - Retired
Award - Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE)

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