• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE4318

Graham, Beryl Ada

(1919 – 2006)
  • Born 1 April, 1919, Rose Bay, Sydney New South Wales Australia
  • Died 23 December, 2006
  • Occupation Author, Teacher


Beryl Ada Graham was a science teacher and author of several school textbooks.

She was educated at Bellevue Hill Public School, William Street Girls Junior High School (1931-1933) and Sydney Girls’ High (1934-35).

Graham graduated from Sydney Teachers’ College with Bachelor of Science in 1940 and was awarded the Eva Saunders Prize for Botany III. She received her Diploma in Education in 1941.

After graduating Graham taught at several public schools, including Cessnock High and Willoughby Girls’ Home Science High.

She married Ernest Graham in 1947 and had two children, born 1956 and 1957.


  • 1945 - 1945

    Seconded for a year to Armidale Teachers College to lecture in Plant Biology

  • 1949 - 1952

    Education Officer at the Australian Museum, Sydney, where she established the Museum’s school service

  • 1952 - 1952

    Resigned from the Department of Education in order to travel to the British Isles

  • 1954 - 1954

    After her return to Australia, Graham taught at Dover Heights Home Science School

  • 1955 - 1955

    Undertook editing work for CSIRO

  • 1970 - 1970

    Represented the Australian College of Education at the World Conference of Organisations of the Teaching Profession, held in Sydney

Published resources

Archival resources

  • University of Sydney, Archives
    • Personal archives of GRAHAM nee KING Beryl Ada [1919-]
  • North Shore Historical Society
    • Oral history interview with Beryl Graham

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    • Sydney Girls High School (1883 - )