Norman Arthur Wakefield

Botanist, Deceased Person

1918 – 1972


Who was Norman Arthur Wakefield?

Norman Arthur Wakefield was an Australian teacher, naturalist, paleontologist and botanist, notable as an expert on ferns. He described many new species of plants.

Wakefield was born in Romsey, Victoria, and educated at state schools in Orbost and at Scotch College, Melbourne. He joined the Victorian Education Department in 1934 and served as a teacher in various parts of East Gippsland.

During the Second World War Wakefield served with the Australian Army in Papua and New Guinea and on Bougainville. He returned from his war service with a collection of ferns now housed in the British Museum and the National Herbarium of Victoria.

From 1955 to 1965 he lectured in natural history and science at the Melbourne Teachers’ College. In 1960 he graduated as a Bachelor of Science at the University of Melbourne, and in 1969 completed a MSc in paleontology at Monash University, as well as lecturing in biology at Monash Teachers’ College.

In the early 1960s he made broadcasts on school nature study for the ABC, as well as writing a regular column for the Melbourne Age 1963-1971. He wrote numerous popular articles on natural history as well as many scientific papers in international and local journals. Books he wrote include:

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Nov 28, 1918
  • University of Melbourne
Sep 23, 1972

on July 23, 2013


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