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Biographical entry McCann, Annie Bellew (1838 - 1924)

Rockharshall, Ireland
20 June 1924
Albury, New South Wales, Australia
Botanical collector


Annie McCann came to Australia with her family in 1858, settling at Snowy Creek in north eastern Victoria, running a pub while McCann taught the local children. She collected botanical specimens in a wide region in the Victorian highlands, sending them to the Melbourne Herbarium for identification. Her liverwort and moss specimens were forwarded to European experts for examination. The National Herbarium of Victoria holds over 200 of her specimens. McCann was an accomplished painter and published a book of poems in 1888. After her husband's death she moved to Albury where she continued to teach and ran a post office.

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  • Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison, 'Ferdinand Mueller's Female Plant Collectors: a Biographical Register', Muelleria, 32 (2014), 92-172. Details

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