Margaret Flockton A fragrant memory Louise Wilson
Jacketed HB 320 PP 234 x 180 Full colour t/out ISBN 978 1 74305 447 5 Biography November $49.95 published by Wakefield Press
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In 1894, a shy young Englishwoman dazzled the art world with her first exhibited work in New South Wales. Her name was Margaret Flockton, and she would go on to become Australia’s first and most celebrated professional botanical artist. Her illustrations were admired for both their scientific accuracy and their exquisite beauty.
Flockton was a self-effacing artist with extraordinary output. Her paintings of Australia’s wild flowers led onwards to the eucalypts, acacias and more, culminating in the creation of the international
award that honours her work.
With hundreds of full-colour illustrations, including many of her beautiful plates, this biography captures the essence of a remarkable woman, illustrating a life of deeds, not words.
Melbourne-based author Louise Wilson achieved First Class Honours in History in the old NSW Leaving Certificate but focused on mathematics at the University of Sydney and became the first
woman in Australia to embark on a professional career in banking. After a multi-faceted career in finance and economics, she became intrigued by her own connection to a First Fleet settler of Australia and has now returned to her teenage passion. She enjoys bringing previously untold aspects of Australia’s fascinating history to life in readable non-fiction stories based on meticulous research.
Margaret Flockton: A fragrant memory explores the life of the distinguished botanical artist Margaret Flockton, whom Louise knew in early childhood as her ‘Aunt Mog’.