THE QUEENSLAND NATURAL HISTORY AWARD 2011
The Queensland Natural History Award is
presented annually by the Queensland Naturalists
Club Inc. to give recognition to persons who
have made outstanding contributions to natural
The Queensland Natural History Award for 2011 was presented to Mrs. Helen Horton.
Helen Horton receives the Queensland Natural History Award for 2009 from the QNC Past President, Barry Jahnke.
Helen's interests in natural history started
through bushwalking in
Besides natural history Helen is well known in
Helen has served the Club in many ways; She has
been President in 1988 and 1999; Excursion
Secretary from 1976 to 1978; during which she
organized a very successful bus excursion to
Services to the Clubs administration are only part of Helens involvement. Most members will know her as a quiet, polite but willing provider of knowledge or assistance. Some will know her through her many written projects including several books; starting in 1976 with “Around Mt Isa”; and more recently the organizing of “A Brisbane Bushland”. Helens easy to read writings have also resulted in 19 papers in “The Queensland Naturalist” over 60 nature notes in the “QNC News”, and seven guides to plants in the Clubs quick identification series (QUIDS).
Helen has also presented excellent talks at meetings including the C.T. White Lecture for 2010. A keen interest in birds resulted, over the years, in the collecting of 273 species of bird calls which are now available to all on CDs. Since 1983 when these field recordings were started many members of the public were introduced to birds by hearing Helens recordings being broadcast on the ABCs morning programmes. The public have also benefitted from Helens knowledge of plants and bird whilst on the many bird walks she conducted in Brisbane Forest Park. Over the years Helen has also contributed to other organizations including the Moreton Island Protection Committee, Society for Growing Australian Plants, Queensland Ornithological Society (Birds Queensland) and with her husband, Bill, the Australian Bird and Bat Banding Scheme.
Helen Has a quiet and modest personality but
this belies the enormous contribution that she
has made to natural history in
Receipt of this award is a fitting recognition
of Helen Horton’s contribution to the Queensland
Naturalist Club and to the promotion of natural