Australian Garden History Society - Annual Lecture: Marrianne Collinson Campbell - A privileged Life, 1827 – 1903

Hello WABA members,

Your are invited to attend the Australian Garden History Society, ACT, Monaro and Riverina Branch Annual Lecture.

Speaker: Leonie Norton will give a lecture on 'Marrianne Collinson Campbell - A privileged Life, 1827 – 1903'.

Leonie Norton gives a fascinating insight into the life of Marrianne Collinson Campbell, an extraordinary woman of her time. She was a talented botanical artist with a passion for flora and fauna and an amateur architect for Duntroon with a natural gift for landscape gardening.  While living in Duntroon she was widely known and respected for her medical dispensary. Marrianne took watercolour painting lessons from her father who kept watercolour sketchbooks from his travels in the army. Her great aunt was a well respected artist in Sydney town who mentored Marrianne’s talents and Conrad Martens also gave her lessons. Robert Campbell was her great uncle and was Sydney’s first shipping agent and a landholder and pastoralist. Marrianne married his son George who inherited the Duntroon Estate where they moved in 1857. She set about transforming the original homestead into a Gothic Revival house. The landscaped gardens boasted a maze and a conservatory.  Flowers and trees in Duntroon gardens were grown from seeds sent by her English great, great grandfather, botanist and plant importer Peter Collinson and from seeds and plants she also collected from her travels. These complimented the existing Australian native plants. 

Leonie Norton is a practicing and exhibiting professional botanical artist, one of Australia’s most highly qualified botanical educators and a leading artist in her field. She is an international tutor of high regard and demand and is the author of Women of Flowers: Botanical Art in Australia from the 1830s – 1960s, the only published book on women’s Australian Botanical Art.  Her paintings are in private and public collections, both in Australia and overseas, including the prestigious Hunt Institute of Botanical Documentation in the USA. She teaches regular courses and weekend workshops throughout Australia and in New Zealand, Fiji, Canada and the UK and has taught botanical art field techniques at Macquarie University. In addition, she is an International External Examiner for Botanical Art Certificate courses in the USA and has been involved in selection and judging for Australian botanical art exhibitions.  

Leonie exhibits annually at the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, the Botanical Art Society of Australia exhibition and the Canberra Botanic exhibition. She is past President of the Botanical Art Society of Australia and remains an active member. She is a regular contributor to Australia Artist Magazine, Artists’ Palette and Back to Basics and Drawing & Inspiration publications. 

Details of Lecture:

When:      Thursday 25 August, 5.30 for refreshments, lecture starts at 5.45pm.  (Please note that the lecture will follow the Branch AGM starting at 5PM).
Where:     Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes
Cost:         AGHS Members $10, Non-members $15 - including refreshments Bookings 

If you are interested please contact Helen Ellioth at or phone 62844749 and pay on the day.

AGHS acknowledges the support of the National Archives of Australia in providing the venue for this lecture.