Item 10B - Interview with Dr. Winifred Curtis

Interview : Winifred Curtis Transcript : Winifred Curtis

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Interview with Dr. Winifred Curtis


  • c1978-1983 (Creation)

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Winifred Mary Curtis AM, botanist and teacher, was born in London and migrated to Tasmania in 1939. She was employed at the University of Tasmania, only the second woman appointed, until her retirement in 1966. Her major publications were Biology for Australian Students (1948–1962), a standard high school text for many years; The Student's Flora of Tasmania (1956–1994), the standard reference work on the flowering plants and conifers; and her most celebrated work, the six-volume Endemic Flora of Tasmania (1967–1975).

Winifred received extensive honours and recognition, with many plants named in her honour. Throughout her life she has worked with great humility and a dedication to precision, seeing her achievements simply as a job that needed to be done and a foundation for others to build on.

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Interview with Dr. Winifred Curtis, Reader in Botany at UTAS. This recording forms part of a collection of interviews with UTAS staff, former staff and alumni students. The interviews were conducted by Mrs Hilary Webster, John Roberts and others as part of the University of Tasmania Centenary Committee Oral History Project chaired by Prof. Michael Roe, School of History 1978 - 1983

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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HE July2019




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