Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born Mount Morgan, Queensland, 1912. Died in Chermside, Brisbane in 1999.
Doris Alma Goy (1912-), botanical collector, was born in Mount Morgan, Queensland,
daughter of Joseph Goy, engine driver, and Mary, née Petersen. After her education
at the Mount Morgan State Primary and High Schools, Doris joined the Queensland
Public Service as a clerk in the Department of Agriculture and Stock in Brisbane.
In the early 1930s Doris transferred to the Queensland Herbarium where she became interested in plants, especially ferns. Her marriage in 1942 to botanist Lindsay Smith (who later joined the Herbarium staff) brought compulsory retirement.
Undaunted, Doris maintained her interest in botany while raising two children.
In her years at the Herbarium and later, by herself, or with her husband Lindsay,
she collected some 1090 plant specimens, mostly ferns, which are now part
of the Herbarium collections.
Between 1937 and 1946, Doris published a series of papers (some with Government Botanist C.T. White) on Queensland ferns in the Queensland Naturalist, North Queensland Naturalist and Victorian Naturalist. One of her specimens collected on Magnetic Island, off Townsville, in1938 became the basis for the scientific description of a particularly distinctive native Croton by the British botanist Ken Airy Shaw in 1980.
Doris is author or joint author of seven fern names, most of which are still accepted today. During the 1930s and 1940s she was an active member of the Queensland Naturalists' Club, sometimes lecturing on ferns. She assisted the North Queensland Naturalists' Club to compile its Check List of North Queensland Ferns published in 1946.
Following her husband's death in 1970, Doris collated his study notes to help find a biological control for Lantana. Their joint account was published as a Botany Bulletin of the Queensland Herbarium in 1982. Doris was living in retirement in Brisbane in 1997.
Source: Rodney J.F. Henderson in Brilliant Careers,
Judith McKay (ed) 1997, Queensland Museum
Portrait Photo: as above
Data from 1,118 specimens