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Biographical entry Murphy, Patricia Joan (Pat) (1930 - 2006)

13 May 1930
23 September 2006
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia
Botanical collector


Pat Murphy came to the study of botany through her membership of the Field Naturalists' Club of Ballarat and she became extremely knowledgeable about the flora of the Ballarat district. Her expertise was sought by government agencies such as the Land Conservation Council and Central Highlands Water, and was utilised in a number of local conservation initiatives. She collected plant specimens from the early 1960s with her principal collecting period being from 1989 to 2006. Her field companions included Cliff Beauglehole, Stella Bedggood and Jim Willis. While a few of Murphy's plant collections were sent to the National Herbarium of Victoria during her lifetime, a collection of over 1,100 specimens was donated to the Herbarium in 2007. In 1993 Murphy was awarded the Field Naturalists' Club of Ballarat Medal for her wide-ranging contributions to Club activities.



1968 - 2006
Career position - Member, Field Naturalist's Club of Ballarat

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  • Kruss, Susan, 'A passion for plants: the botanical contribution of P. J. Murphy', Muelleria, 36 (2018), 22-50. Details


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