Fletcher, Jane Ada (1870-1956)

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Fletcher, J. A. (1870-1956)
Field of activity
Ornithologist; Poet; Teacher; Author
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Jane Ada Fletcher (1870-1956), teacher, ornithologist and author, was born on 18 September 1870 at Stonefield station, near Penshurst, Victoria, eldest of three daughters of Price Fletcher, a grazier from...

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Jane Fletcher published a number of books on nature and nature study, and broadcast on 7ZL Hobart and 3LO Melbourne. In 1934 she became the first woman to lecture to the Royal Society of Tasmania. She was an outstanding bird observer with a particular interest in crakes and rails.

Jane Fletcher began work on an aunt's farm in Wilmot, north-western Tasmania, from 1892-96. From 1896 she worked as a sewing teacher (initially without pay) at West Kentish Primary School. By 1899 she had qualified as a head teacher and was appointed to set up a school at Upper Wilmot. She later taught at Cleveland (Tasmania), Springfield, Woodbridge and Forcett.

Fletcher undertook fieldwork for Gregory Mathews (q.v.) until 1936. She was the first woman to deliver a lecture to the Royal Society of Tasmania (in 1934), of which she was a member. She was a foundation member in 1901 - and life member from 1945 - of the Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union.

She wrote a number of children's books, including (London, 1915) and (Sydney, 1950), her most popular children's book. She also wrote books and articles for adults on Tasmanian history, Aborigines and ornithology, her final book being (1956).

On retirement, Fletcher opened part of her house at Eaglehawk Neck as a Youth Hostel.

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Jane Ada Fletcher, the daughter of Price Fletcher, the 'Bush Naturalist' of Queensland, published a number of books on nature and nature study and broadcast on 7ZL Hobart and 3LO Melbourne. In 1934 she became the first woman to lecture to the Royal Society of Tasmania. She was an outstanding bird observer with a particular interest in crakes and rails.

Worked on an aunt's farm, Wilmot, north-western Tasmania 1892-96; teacher of sewing (initially without pay), West Kentish primary school 1896-99; qualified as a head teacher 1899 and appointed to set up a school at Upper Wilmot; later taught at Cleveland (Tasmania), Springfield, Woodbridge and Forcett; opened part of her house at Eaglehawk Neck as a Youth Hostel after retirement. Undertook fieldwork for Gregory Mathews (q.v.) until 1936. First woman to deliver a lecture to the Royal Society of Tasmania, of which she was a member, in 1934. Foundation member 1901 and life member 1945, Royal Australasian Ornithologists' Union. Writer of a number of children's books, including (London, 1915) and (Sydney, 1950), her most popular children's book. Also wrote books and articles for adults on Tasmanian history, Aborigines and ornithology, her final book being (1956).

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Fletcher, Jane Ada
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. Fletcher, Jane Ada (1870-1956)
    Wall, Leonard
    [2006]
    Published: Australian National University
    Series: IspartOf Australian Dictionary of Biography Online
  3. Where are the Women in Australian science?
    Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
    [2003]
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
  4. First in Their Field: Women and Australian Anthropology
    Marcus, Julie; Lepervanche, Marie de; McBryde, Isabel; Prior, Mary Ellen Murray; White, Isobel; Morris, Miranda; O'Gorman, Anne; Marcus, Julie and Cheater, Christine
    [Melbourne]
    Published: Melbourne University Press
  5. Jane Ada Fletcher - Records
    [1 Envelope : 1870 - 1956]
    Series: John Oxley Library, Manuscripts and Business Records Collection, State Library of Queensland
    Original and unpublished manuscript of 'Squid' a tale of adventure of the wild days among the islands of Bass Strait in the early nineteenth century (69 pages); typescript of 'Memories of nature lover' by J.A. Fletcher, prepared by S.E. Fletcher (79 pages); 'The Rhyme Book' of J.A. Fletcher'; dates c1915-45 [1 envelope, OM67-2].
    OM67-2

Encyclopedia of Australian Science

  1. Fletcher, Jane Ada
    Published: The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre
    Series: Encyclopedia of Australian Science
  2. Fletcher, Jane Ada (1870-1956), Ornithologist and Author
    Wall, Leonard
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1996
    Series: Australian Dictionary of Biography, 14, 185-186
  3. First in Their Field: Women and Australian Anthropology
    Marcus, Julie, Lepervanche, Marie de, McBryde, Isabel, Prior, Mary Ellen Murray, White, Isobel; Morris, Miranda; O'Gorman, Anne; Marcus, Julie and Cheater, Christine
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 1993
  4. Where are the Women in Australian Science?
    McCarthy, Gavan; Morgan, Helen; Smith, Ailie; van den Bosch, Alan
    Published: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre, 2003
  5. Who's Who in Australia 1944
    Alexander, John A.
    Published: The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, Melbourne, 1944
  6. The Flight of the Emu: a Hundred Years of Australian Ornithology 1901-2001
    Robin, Libby
    Published: Melbourne University Press, Melbourne, 2001

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  1. Portrait of Jane Ada Fletcher
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  2. Portrait of Jane Ada Fletcher, 1918 / Largent
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  4. Wanna : a small Tasmanian aborigine who made friends with Captain Cook at Adventure Bay / by J.A. Fletcher
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    ... , the field of flower-painting may be said to be exclusively occupied by Miss Ada Bell and Miss Kate ... novels. Miss Ada Bell attended lectures on anatomy at tlio Royal Academy, and received a thorough ... 2195 words
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    The Courier (Hobart, Tas. : 1840 - 1859) Friday 17 November 1854 p 2 Article
    ... Ada, arrived at Adelaide, from Sydney, spoke the barque Prince of Wales bound from Launceston to ... (s.), and November 4, with the Ann and Jane from Melbourne to Newcastle, off Cape Howe. The Palmyra ... 2135 words
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  1. LAPSED CONDITIONAL PURCHASES.
    New South Wales Government Gazette (Sydney, NSW : 1832 - 1900) Tuesday 9 December 1873 [Issue No.289] p 3423

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    ... Purchaser Joseph Smith Do Ada Jane Clift Alfred Whittaker Edmund* Bourke Joseph Jacobs Do * Do Edward Murray ... ., 1871 19 Oct., 1871 16 Nov., 1871 25 Jan., 1872 1 Sept., 1870 3 Aug., 1871 31 >» *87* 21 Sept., 1871 21 ... 5171 words
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