7 facts about Olive Blanche Davies

By Gwylym Owen

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Olive Blanche Davies MSc (27 October 1884 – 1976/7) was an Australian botanist and botanical artist, noted for monster co-author taking into consideration Alfred Ewart of their 1917 book The Flora of the Northern Territory, and for producing many of the illustrations.

Olive was born Toorak, Victoria, the youngest of six kids of Elizabeth Locke Mercer (*c1850) from Kirkcudbright and Sir Matthew Henry Davies (1850-1912) of Geelong.

She was a organization research scholar studying biology at Melbourne University, and wrote a paper in 1911 upon Petterd’s semi-slug Cystopelta petterdi, and substitute in 1914 on Caryodes dufresnii, a large house mollusk indigenous to Tasmania.

On 22 December 1915 at ‘Cluden’, in Brighton, Australia, Olive Blanche Davies married Arthur Lyle Rossiter, a lieutenant in the Australian Expeditionary Force, and elder son of Edward Lyle Rossiter of Elsternwick. Arthur had been born in 1888 in Ballarat By the decline of World War I he had risen to the rank of captain, and after the warfare he gave a lecture upon gas raid at Melbourne University, from which he had graduated an MSc. in 1911 and had been a demonstrator in physics from 1913. He had served as a gas bureaucrat in the 4th Australian Division in France. In 1924 he was appointed on a drama basis as senior master at Melbourne High School. She died in Adelaide.

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