Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria
Born Hampshire?, England, 17 Nov. 1825; died McLaren Vale, SA, 4 May 1906
Born in England, one of at least six children,
to Richard Baker Aldersey (c.1794-1857), and his wife
Elizabeth Emma (c.1813-1891). The Alderseys migrated
to SA in 1849 and settled at Willunga, then afterwards at
McLaren Vale. As an adult, Mary co-founded and taught at a girls' school, 'Tsong Gyiaou', at McLaren Vale. She collected
MEL specimens at McLaren Vale, 1883 (sent to Mueller via Otto
Tepper). She did not marry, and died in 1906 at McLaren
Vale aged 80.
Source: Maroske, Sara and Vaughan, Alison (2014) 'Ferdinand Mueller's female plant
collectors: a biographical register', Muelleria Vol.32 [consult for source references]
Photo: from above, from Willunga Branch, National Trust of South Australia.