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Biographical entry Eaton, Mary Martha (1868 - 1941)

12 August 1868
Western Australia, Australia
Western Australia, Australia
Botanical collector
Alternative Names
  • Heal, Mary Martha (married name)


Mary Eaton and her sister Alice Eaton (1870 - 1932) both collected plant specimens around the family home in Youngedin, Western Australia, and near the sources of the Swan and Blackwood Rivers. Included in Mary's collections were a number of type specimens. Her collections date from1888 and continued after her marriage in 1889 to farmer James Heal (1849 - 1924). Alice's specimens were sent to Victorian Government Botanist Ferdinand von Mueller in Melbourne, and over 400 of her specimens are retained in the National Herbarium of Victoria.

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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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