Edith Coleman was the foremost female naturalist of her generation. She would solve a mystery that had even bewildered Darwin. Today, she is almost entirely forgotten, save by a handful of scientists and naturalists.
In 1942 Edith was at the height of her career, internationally lauded as one of Australia’s leading amateur naturalists, Edith was also a nature writer who ‘needed no introduction’. She wrote prolifically, not only for scientific journals but also for newspapers and magazines.
Her academic peers praised her insights into the mysteries of pollination, but her interests ranged far and wide across Australian flora and fauna.