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Authors and Artists

Rica Erickson

Rica Erickson’s early illustrated books, Orchids of the West (1951), Triggerplants (1958), and Plants of Prey in Australia (1968) have inspired botanical artists for decades. These guidebooks combined wonderful illustrations, simplicity of expression and good scientific information which encouraged readers to be inquisitive and to look closely at plants in the Western Australian bush. Throughout the 1950s and 1960s Rica contributed articles to magazines such as Wildlife, Outdoors and the Australian Orchid Review. She died in September 2009, a year after launching Brush with Gondwana at the age of 100.

Awards

Order of Australia, General Division, for services to arts, history and literature (1987)
Life membership of Fellowship of Australian Writers, WA (1982)
Western Australian Citizen of the Year for contribution to the arts (Winner 1980)
Honorary Doctor of Letters, The University of Western Australia (1980)
Life membership of the WA Naturalists’ Club (1966)

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