is one of Western Australia's treasures. Few people have contributed
as much to the community as has Dr Rica Erickson. Her dedication,
intelligence and energy have led to achievements in many fields
as teacher, wife, mother, botanist, artist, historian, genealogist
Library has the honour of being the repository of the Rica
Erickson collection, which includes manuscripts of her publications,
the considerable work undertaken in compiling the genealogical
dictionaries, all of her published works, field journals,
and most importantly, 500 of her botanical art works.
always been a great supporter of the Battye Library, not only
depositing her own material there, but encouraging others
to do the same. She has been a member of the Friends of the
Battye Library since its inception, and holds a lifetime researcher's
ticket, acknowledging her exceptional contribution to Western
Australian historiography. Now in her 90s, Rica continues
to attend meetings of the Friends of the Battye Library, joining
in the discussions, and reminding staff of people and material
that should be pursued. She draws on her considerable memory
with disturbing ease to those of us without her capacity.
site was created as a tribute to Rica Erickson, who holds
a special place in Western Australian history. It provide
samples from various of the Battye Library collections to
illustrate her life and achievements, set in context with
biographical information written by Gail O'Hanlon. A listing
of relevant Rica Erickson material held in the Battye Library
is in the select bibliography that is part of this web site.
are due to Rica Erickson for her assistance with the project,
and Gail O'Hanlon, compiler and author. Other LISWA staff
who have provided great assistance are Patrick Moore, Jennie
Carter, Fiona Caratozzolo and Andrew Macdonald.
Director, J S Battye Library of West Australian History