Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born in Sydney, NSW, 11 April 1832; died 24 November 1910.
The second of two children, to settlers Alexander Walker Scott (1800-1883) and Harriet née Calcott (1829-1866). The family lived on Ash Island, and Helena and her sister Harriet were educated at home in natural history by their father.
Helena and her sister (see HARRIET SCOTT) collected MEL specimens at Ash Island, 1862, (no date), and south of Newcastle, 1862.
In 1864, Helena married the surveyor Edward Forde (d.1866), and travelled with him. They did not have any children.
Helena collected MEL specimens (as 'Mrs Forde') in NSW at the Darling River, 1865, 1878; Lower Darling River, 1866; and Darling Downs, Hunter River, Newcastle and Wentworth, (no date); and in SA at Blanchetown and Murray Bridge, 1865.
Her husband also collected MEL specimens.
Helena collected types of Atriplex
stipitata Benth. (1870) and Poa fordeana F.Muell. (1873),
named for her,
and either she or her sister, Helena, collected types of:
Kochia sedifolia F.Muell. (1855),
Cargillia pentamera Woolls & F.Muell. (1864) and
Vincetoxicum elegans Benth. (1868).
A possible syntype of Hypopterigium scottiae Müll. Hall (1868), collected by and named for Helena, has been labelled as being collected at Brisbane River, but the locality has probably been confused with that of another syntype for the same name collected by AMALIA DIETRICH.
There are also Helena Scott (as 'Helen Scott') specimens at B.
Helena died in 1910 aged 78.
Helena and her sister, Harriet, were natural history artists.
An example of Helena's artwork can be seen here:
Source: extracted from: Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison (2014) 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant
collectors: a biographical register', Muelleria Vol.32 [consult for source references]
Portrait Photo: c. 1860s, from Apendix 1 of above reference, from Wikimedia Commons.