2019 - Contributing to the fields of Horticulture and Botany
Anne MacDonald has spent decades contributing to the fields of horticulture and botany. She moved to Canberra in 1957 having completed a BSc degree with majors in botany and soil science. Anne worked casually at the Australian National University as an educator in botany while raising a young family. She then went on to teach science at a secondary level with many of her students pursuing careers in science, technology and medicine. During this period she maintained a beautiful garden and contributed hundreds of plants to preschool and school fetes and the famous YWCA plant stall run by Mrs Pat Wardle.
Anne's career includes a period as the Education Officer at the Australian National Botanic Gardens where she encouraged an aesthetic, scientific and ethnobotanical interest in Australia's native flora. She also published a book on Australia's floral emblems.
On retirement Anne continued her passionate interest in politics and began her 27 years in volunteering with the Museum of Australian Democracy Old Parliament House. As a volunteer Anne has proudly communicated the role of Australia's political women to thousands of international and Australian visitors. She believes that people must know the talents, courage and achievements of their earlier sisters in our democracy. The National Library of Australia has also benefited from Anne's volunteering during her 15 years of guiding and voluntary research. Working with senior women researchers and administrators, Anne helps advocate the contribution of women as they are represented in the national collection and exhibitions (please delete sentence). Additionally Anne has held administrative roles in the National Council of Women.ACT and the Older Women's network. ACT (now disbanded), and supported a neighbourhood veggie co-operative.
Anne was elected a Fellow of the Linnean Society, in recognition of her contribution to science in the areas of horticulture and botany.