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The artist Margaret Lilian Flockton was born in England in 1861. Arriving in Australia in 1888, she worked first as a skilled lithographer and in the 1890s achieved recognition in Sydney's 'fine art' world. At the age of 40 she finally found her dream job, with an ideal boss (Joseph Maiden). She became well-known amongst the scientific community of her day, but after her death in Sydney in 1953 she was then largely forgotten for half a century.

She was rediscovered by two botanical artists at Sydney's Royal Botanic Garden, Catherine Wardrop & Lesley Elkan, who championed her cause at an International Women's Day lunch in 2003. Their speech led to the establishment in 2004 of an award for scientific botanical illustration, honouring Margaret. Within a couple of years, the Margaret Flockton award became something of a phenomenon, attracting entries from around the world. Margaret herself remained a shadowy figure.

Coincidentally, around the same time as that speech in 2003, research had begun into the fascinating life of the esteemed woman known to all her family as 'Aunt Mog'. Speech makers and event organisers were completely unaware in 2003-2004 that Margaret Flockton had any living relatives and that this book was already underway. It's been a long time coming, but a beautiful book has emerged. 

Available as a paperback through Wakefield Press or buy direct from good bookshops.

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News and Updates

  • In October 2012 Louise Wilson gave an illustrated talk about Margaret Flockton's life as part of the highly successful 'Capturing Flora' exhibition at the Ballarat Art Gallery. In 2013 this 'Capturing Flora' exhibition showed at the S H Ervin Gallery in Sydney, from 15 February to 17 March.
  • The Margaret Flockton talk was repeated at the Royal Botanic Garden in Sydney on Monday, 15 April 2013 and again on Thursday 15 August, 2013.
  • Bombala Garden Club members were introduced to Margaret on 16 July 2016.
  • A talk on Margaret Flockton was given at North Sydney's Stanton Library on 8 September 2016 as part of NSW's History Week.
  • Radio interview with Sylvia Rosenblum on Sydney's Eastside Radio on 7 December 2016.  Listen to the podcast here:
  • Radio interview with Angie Rehe on Melbourne's Triple R  on 19 January 2017.
  • Radio interview with Ann Creber on 3MDR's 'The Good Life' on 13 February 2017.
  • Winner of Don Grant Award of the Australian Institute of Genealogical Studies, for a biography with a family history focus, Melbourne, 28 May 2017
  • A talk on Margaret Flockton at the Randwick & District Historical Society on 17 June 2017.
  • A talk on 'Margaret Flockton: A Fragrant Memory' at The Queen's Club in Sydney on 27 June 2022 (rescheduled from 2020 and 2021).
  • WONDERFUL NEWS: In August 2021 Wakefield Press republished 'Margaret Flockton: A Fragrant Memory' as a paperback. It's available through all good bookstores or direct from the publisher. (The original hardback version had quickly sold out).

For ongoing news about the book, also see the Flockton family history Blog 

Publication Details

Wakefield Press, Adelaide, SA
17 November 2016
Jacketed hardback
Out of Print
Wakefield Press, Adelaide, SA
26 August 2021

To Purchase

Paperback edition now available. (Hardback edition is out of print.)

Order paperback through  Wakefield Press

Or buy direct from good bookshops