Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Merle Bennett, of Hopetoun WA, was
awarded an Order of Australia Medal in
June 2019, for service to conservation
and the environment. Merle has taken
on many worthy causes, but prominent
amongst them is her strong advocacy
for the Western Australian flora,
particularly in the Ravensthorpe region
and the iconic Fitzgerald National Park
(a world Biosphere).
In the 1990s Merle was the driving force behind the Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show and Herbarium, which is widely known both nationally and internationally. She has made over 1200 collections and many notable observations for the Herbarium. Her work has contributed greatly to the appreciation of what is one of the most diverse and unique floras in the world.
She also co-wrote two books about the region, has been a member of various environmental groups, and at 90 was still involved with Friends of the Fitzgerald River National Park and Birds Australia.
Source: Extracted from: Ravensthorpe Wildflower Show leaflet
Portrait Photo: Extracted from: https://www.kalminer.com.au/news/awardees-dedication-inspires-ng-b881225902z.
Data from 1,212 specimens