Dr Winifred CurtisThe grand lady of Tasmanian botany
Biology for Australian Students
While teaching at Fahan, Winifred initiated the teaching of elementary science and prepared classes for the School and Higher School Certificates examinations in Biology.
Finding it frustrating to use textbooks that described only British plants and animals, she wrote a text at School Certificate level. Biology for Australian Students which was published in 1948. The textbook had three revised editions from 1948 to 1962, and served a generation of students.
Ironically, she never taught from it herself, having abandoned school-teaching by the time it was published.