CLAD in black gumboots, windbreaker and woolly hat, the sturdy figure of Marcia Brown braved all weathers to botanise, birdwatch, seed collect, monitor burn sites and plant trees. This was the woman we met in the field.
She spent many hours reconnoitring bushland for plant sites, collecting seed with friends and then cleaning and processing this seed at home. She knew every square metre of the Rifle Range and Tent Town sites as she monitored, planted and weeded.
She had a green thumb, enjoying her garden and sharing her knowledge of plants. A lover of the Prom, she relished the trips to the Lighthouse, forays to identify orchids and the hard slog of working at the burn site after the 2005 and 2009 fires and 2010 floods.
A great organiser, she shared her knowledge of the Mallacoota area on a never-to-be forgotten camp. A willing participant, she attended further camps at Anglesea and the Grampians.
A superb photographer, Marcia captured her travels to South America, Antarctica, Western Australia, Tasmania and the Outback on film, but her best efforts were of the Bunurong coastline, its rocks, seas, vegetation.
Her chosen home, Cape Paterson, benefitted from her photography (postcards to publicise the area), help with garden club functions, advice and monitoring on Parks Victoria and DSE land and a close watch on plants and weeds along the foreshore.
We will remember her and her passion when we sight an albatross or whale, walk the Rifle Range, visit the Prom, watch the waves at Undertow Bay ...
Love BCPost. Marcia was a truly great Australian. She will be missed. Great article Terri.