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Margaret Flockton

A fragrant memory

Louise Wilson, Margaret Flockton

Margaret Flockton
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.

Praise for Margaret Flockton:
'Her rich life is gracefully captured in this intimate biography.' - Fiona Capp, The Sydney Morning Herald

'A delight' - Sarah Hudson, The Weekly Times

'In rescuing the story of the botanical artist Margaret Flockton (1861-1953), Louise Wilson has done a sterling job of celebrating Flockton’s remarkable achievements ... [Flockton's] works are now collectors’ items and impossible to find online but (as with all Wakefield Press publications of this type) the book is profusely illustrated with reproductions on high quality paper and the wildflower lithos series are full size on the page so that you can linger over them as I did. - Lisa Hill, ANZ Litlovers Litblog

'Wilson has now told Flockton's story in fine detail, highlighting her quiet nature and sincere dedication to her profession.' - Bobbi Agnell, The Botanical Artist

'While the research that has been undertaken to bring this book to fruition is extensive, LouiseWilson writes with an easy flow that engages the reader’s interest. ... Louise Wilson is to be congratulated for her success in bringing Margaret Flockton and her art to the attention of today’s readers.' - Christine Yeats, Historical Record of Australian Sciences

'Louise Wilson has carried out a splendid and difficult task: bringing a reclusive woman to life from erratic and scattered records ... a breath of fresh air: buy it!' - Stuart Read, Journal of the Royal Australian Historical Society

'The judges were enchanted with this lovely book, describing it as an excellent biography, with impeccable research and beautifully written, and also beautifully illustrated and designed.' - Don Grant Award (2017 winner)

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. Of her seven published books, three are acclaimed titles about early convict settlers of the Hawkesbury district near Sydney, including Robert Forrester, First Fleeter. Louise's most recent book Brothers in Arms is an emotionally engaging account of the Great War, told by her grandmother's brothers in letters held at the Australian War Memorial.

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'.

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Format Jacketed hardback
Size 234 x 180 mm
ISBN 9781743054475
Extent 320 pages
Price: AU$49.95 including GST
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