June 2019

Sunday the 9th - 01:30 PM


Afternoon Tea and Talk: 1.30pm for a 2pm start

"Elizabeth Coxen (1825-1906): pioneer naturalist and the Queensland Museum's first woman curator"

Guest Speakers: Dr John Healy, Curator of Molluscs at the Queensland Museum and Dr Judith Mackay, historian and museum consultant.

Elizabeth Coxen was a remarkable woman of her time. The wife of naturalist, politician and public servant Charles Coxen, best known as founder of the Queensland Museum, Elizabeth shared her husband's scientific interests. Not only a knowledgeable companion, she achieved notability in her own right: as a conchologist, meteorologist and horticulturist. More remarkably, in 1877, in middle age, she became the Queensland Museum's first woman curator (molluscs) - probably the first woman curator of any natural history museum in Australia. Respected within the scientific community, in 1886 she became the first woman to be elected as a member of a scientific organisation in Queensland. This talk will record Elizabeth Coxen's life and her various contributions to science and public life in colonial Queensland.

QWHA Members $10 / Non-Members $15 (includes afternoon tea).

July 2019

Sunday the 21st - 09:00 AM till 03:00 PM


QWHA History Symposium

Details to be announced soon

September 2019

Sunday the 8th - 01:30 PM


Afternoon Tea and Talk: 1.30pm for a 2pm start

"The Ladies with Hatpins"

Guest Speaker: Ann Temby

More details TBA.

QWHA Members $10 / Non-Members $15 (includes afternoon tea).