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Biographical entry Charsley, Fanny Anne (1828 - 1915)

Botanical artist and Botanical collector


Fanny Charsley was an English botanical artist and collector for Ferdinand Von Mueller who spent a decade in Australia (1856 - 1866). Shortly after she returned to England she published a book of her work on Australian wild flowers titled "The Wild Flowers around Melbourne" (1867). The National Gallery of Victoria holds a copy of this book and some of her other botanical illustrations. Ferdinand Von Mueller named a wildflower after her, Asteraceae Helipterum Charsleyae, since reclassified as Rhodanthe charsleyae, the flower is a species of paper daisy.

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Archival resources

Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • Australian Botanists - Biographies, MS 064; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

National Gallery of Victoria

  • The wildflowers around Melbourne 1867 Fanny Anne Charsley, 1867, 3071.1-14-4; National Gallery of Victoria. Details

Published resources


  • Norton, Leonie, Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s to the 1960s (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 2009), 126 pp. Details


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