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Creative conversations: Meredith Fletcher on pioneering Gippsland-based botanist, Jean Galbraith

Booked out!
Tuesday 19 August 2014, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Meet in front foyer
Main entry, Swanston St
Has wheelchair access

Meredith Fletcher was a Creative Fellow at the Library in 2008. During her fellowship, Meredith researched the life of ground-breaking Gippsland botanist, gardener and writer Jean Galbraith for her new biography, Jean Galbraith: writer in a valley.

Jean Galbraith (1906–99) spent much of her 92 years living in the family home at Tyers, Gippsland, surrounded by magnificent gardens. Apart from being an acclaimed botanist and passionate gardener who importantly compiled the first ever field guide to Victorian native wildflowers, Jean was also a renowned author and prolific letter writer – and her papers are held here at the Library.

Join Meredith Fletcher to discover the insights that the Library's collection materials have given her about Jean's remarkable life and achievements.

For more information, see the La Trobe Journal article No 84 December 2009: Meredith Fletcher Becoming ‘Correa’: Jean Galbraith and ‘Australian Native Flowers’.

This talk is part of Creative conversations, an intimate, behind-the-scenes lecture series that features artists and writers from the Library’s Fellowship Program.