Mary Elizabeth Barber, an 1820 Settler and early SA naturalist, author and painter, dies in Malvern, Natal.  She was a remarka

Monday, 4 September 1899

Mary Elizabeth Barber, an 1820 Settler and early SA naturalist, author and painter, dies in Malvern, Natal.  She was a remarkable woman with a wide knowledge of natural history, especially botany and entomology and supplied Darwin with valuable information for his work On the Origin of Species (1859). She was elected to the Hungarian ornithological society and several of her papers were translated into Hungarian.

References:
• Potgieter, D.J. et al. (eds)(1970). Standard Encyclopaedia of Southern Africa, Cape Town: NASOU, v. 2, p. 172

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