- 22 July 1854
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
- 13 February 1938
- Botanical artist
While studing at the Adelaide School of Design under H P Gill, Principal, and Louis Tannert, Master of the School of Painting, Rosa Fiveash chose to specialise in painting Australian flora. She was commissioned by the conservator of forests, John Ednie Brown, to illustrate his Forest Flora of Australia and orchidologist R S Rogers to illustrate his works on South Australian orchids. The Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and the State Herbarium have a collection of her original flower paintings. It was Fiveash who introduced the art of china painting to Adelaide.
Sources used to compile this entry: Sims, Eric B., 'Fiveash, Rosa Catherine (1854-1938)', in Australian Dictionary of Biography Online, Australian National University, 2006, http://www.adb.online.anu.edu.au/biogs/A080538b.htm; Steele Scott, Chris, 'Rosa Fiveash (1854-1938)', Australian Garden History, vol. 7, no. 6, 1996, p. 12.