• Entry type: Person
  • Entry ID: AWE0318

Maloney, Betty Florence

(1925 – 2001)
  • Born 14 December, 1925, Colac Victoria Australia
  • Died 27 July, 2001
  • Occupation Botanical artist, Illustrator


An illustrator of many books on Australian plants, Betty Maloney and her sister, Jean Walker, studied art at Melbourne Technical College (now RMIT).

After teaching art at the National Fitness Council, Melbourne Church of England Grammar School and St Catherine’s School in Melbourne, she travelled to Europe.
With her sister she wrote Designing Australian Bush Garens and Australian Bush Gardens in 1966 and 1967.

The 86 watercolour illustrations used for the publication Proteaceae of the Sydney Region with Alec Blombery are in the Archives of the New South Wales State Library.

Also she illustrated books on mah-jong and thimbles – she maintained a collection of Victorian thimbles, was a co-founder, with her husband, of the Sydney Wagner Society and was involved with volunteer conservation groups, including the Society for Growing Australian Plants.

In the early 1990s her own garden at French’s Forest was approved by the National Trust as a Trust garden and she was presented with a terracotta plaque.

Published resources

  • Article
  • Newspaper Article
    • Betty Florence Maloney, Latreille, Anne, 2001
  • Book
    • More about bush gardens, Maloney, B. Walker, J. and Mullins B (edited by), 1967
    • The game of mah jong illustrated, Thompson, Patricia A and Maloney Betty, 1990
    • Designing Australian bush gardens, Maloney, Betty and Walker, Jean, c1966
    • Improve your mah jong: more about the game of mah jong, Thompson, Patricia A and Maloney, Betty, 1991
    • Guide to Kosciusko, Blombery, Alec M and Maloney, Betty, 1992
    • Propagating Australian plants, Blombery, Alec M and Maloney, Betty, 1994
    • Kakadu to Broome, Maloney, Betty and Blombery, Alec, 1995
    • The Mah jong player's companion, Thompson, Patricia A and Maloney, Betty, 1997
    • Thimbles of Australia : including thimbles of the world with an Australian connection, Gowan, Susan Jean and Maloney, Betty (illustrations by)
    • Growing Australian orchids, Blombery, Alec and Maloney, Betty (illustrations by), 1998
    • Growing native plants for balconies, courtyards & townhouses, Blombery, Alec and Maloney, Betty, 2000
    • Wildflowers and native plants of Australia, Moody, Mary; Broadribb, Kevin (photographs by) and Maloney, Betty (illustrations by), 1981
    • The Proteaceae of the Sydney region, Blombery, Alec and Maloney, Betty, 1981
    • Native plants, Mullins, Barbara and Maloney, Betty (illustrated by), 1985
    • Islands, Mullins, Barbara; Maloney, Betty (illustrated by) and Baglin, Douglass (photographs by), 1985
  • Journal Article
    • Valete, Correy, Allan, 2001
  • Resource

Archival resources

  • Mitchell and Dixson Libraries Manuscripts Collection
    • Volume 03: Betty Maloney original drawings of the fruits and seeds of the family proteaceae in the Sydney region, 1990-1991
    • Volume 02: Betty Maloney preliminary sketches of the fruits and seeds of the family proteaceae of the Sydney region, ca 1990-1991
    • Volume 01: Betty Maloney preliminary sketches of the family proteaceae of the Sydney region, 1976-1980
    • Collection of posters promoting events and exhibitions of the State Library of NSW
    • Mr and Mrs Selwyn Brown and their two daughters and Mrs Selwyn's mother after an aeroplane joy flight.

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