- 6 September 1953
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
- Author, Journalist, Naturalist, Photographer and Wildflower artist
Estelle Thomson was a member of the Queensland Naturalists' Club, contributing flowers, paintings and drawings to the club's annual wildflower show. She published Flowers of Our Bush (1929), a guide to Queensland wildflowers, which described and illustrated coastal species. From 1929 to the 1930s Estelle ran a weekly 'Wildflowers' column in the Brisbane Courier, illustrated by her own line drawings. This was followed by her column 'Nature's Ways' in the Telegraph which she maintained until 1950.
Additionally, Thomson lectured at women's clubs and schools, illustrating her lectures with delicately hand-coloured lantern slides. During the 1940s Estelle gave a series of children's talks on wildflowers on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and produced a series of paintings of poisonous plants for the University of Queensland's Medical School. She deposited specimens in the Queensland Herbarium, including some collected on the Granite Belt and at Caloundra. Estelle was also an expert on Queensland birds.