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Brookes, Helen May (1917 - 2008)

3 November 1917
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
1 January 2008
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


Helen Brookes was born in Melbourne and moved several times before settling in Adelaide in 1929. She started her working career at the Waite Institute with Dr Davidson. Later Brookes became a technical assistant and eventually senior lecturer as a systematic entomologist. Following her retirement, in 1982, she presented her insect collection to the Australian National Insect Collection in Canberra. Brookes was a member of the Lyceum and Minerva Clubs. In 1999, Year of the Older Person, Brookes was invited to a symposium in Canberra as an outstanding older woman scientist.

Sources used to compile this entry:,-1,0,B/frameset&FF=dbrookes+helen&1,,2 accessed 2004-04-22.

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State Library of South Australia

  • Interview with Helen Brookes [sound recording] Interviewer: Lois Mander-Jones, 29 November 2001, SRG 438/29/64; Adelaide Lyceum Club Oral History; Brookes, Helen May (1917 - 2008); State Library of South Australia. Details

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