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Biographical entry Brooks, Sarah Theresa (1850 - 1928)

19 September 1850
Plymouth, United Kingdom
23 September 1928
Norseman, Western Australia, Australia
Plant collector


Sarah Brooks was a plant collector whose family came to Australia in 1851, settling first in Victoria and moving to Western Australia in 1874 where they were pioneer settlers in the Israelite Bay and Mt Ragged areas. She began collecting plant specimens in response to an advertisement Ferdinand von Mueller had placed in Western Australian newspapers. Over 900 specimens collected around Israelite Bay (1883 - 1893) and Mt Ragged (1886) remain in the National Herbarium of Victoria. Brooks' brother John Paul Brooks, and her mother, Emily Brooks, also collected specimens for Mueller.



Life event - Migrated to Victoria with her family
Life event - Moved to Western Australia
1877 - 1898
Life event - Lived at Israelite Bay, Western Australia
Life event - Moved to Balbinia Station, Western Australia

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Journal Articles

  • Archer, B.; Maroske, S., 'Sarah Brooks - Plant Collector for Ferdinand Mueller', The Victorian Naturalist, 113 (1996), 188-194. Details


See also

  • Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison, 'Ferdinand Mueller's Female Plant Collectors: a Biographical Register', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 92-172. Details
  • Simpson, John, Born to command - not to take orders: the Brooks family of Balbinia Station, Israelite Bay, Western Australia (Fremantle, W.A.: Hesperian Press, 2017), 146 pp. Details

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