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When Christine first saw the H E Ramsay collection of botanical specimens at the Mildura Arts Centre in 2015, she was struck by the fragile beauty of the specimen folio, held together with pink ribbon, and the care that had been taken in assembling such a large collection which has now been acquired by the National Herbarium of Victoria. Of French-Mauritian and Australian background, Eileen Ramsay, as she was known, was also a significant writer of prose and poetry. She was a local correspondent for the Riverlander, a good conversationalist, voracious reader and ardent dog-lover who never went anywhere (even to dine at The Grand Hotel, in Mildura) without her two hounds.Christine's interest in Eileen Ramsay has led her to find out more about this fascinating botanist and as an artist she has been inspired to create new works to celebrate Ramsay’s important contribution to Australian botany.Refreshments will be served before the talk. Bookings are essential and close 26 October.