Helen Isobel Aston

Helen Isobel Aston (born 1934) is an Australian botanist and ornithologist.


Aston completed her Bachelor of Science in 1957 with majors in Botany and Zoology from the University of Melbourne.[1]

Aston worked at the National Herbarium of Victoria 1956-1991, where she became one of Australia's leading authorities on freshwater vascular plants.[2] Aston is probably best known for her book Aquatic Plants of Australia published in 1973 by Melbourne University Press.

Aston has represented Australian herbaria as the Australian Botanical Liaison Officer in 1974 with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, United Kingdom.

The genus Astonia was named in Aston's honour in recognition of her distinguished record in studies of Australian aquatic plants.[3]

The standard author abbreviation Aston is used to indicate this person as the author when citing a botanical name.[4]

Awards and Honours

In 1979, Aston was awarded the Australian Natural History Medallion by the Field Naturalists Club of Victoria.[5]

Published Works

Aquatic Plants of Australia (1973) [6]

A bird atlas of the Melbourne Region [7]


  1. "BOCA BIOGRAPHY 2005" (PDF). Birdlife Australia. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  2. "Aston, Helen I." Australian National Botanic Gardens. Retrieved 25 August 2017.
  3. Jacobs, Surrey (1997). "Astonia (Alismataceae), a new genus for Australia". Telopea. 7 (2): 139–141. doi:10.7751/telopea19971004.
  4. IPNI.  Aston.
  5. "The victorian naturalist". archive.org. South Yarra, [Vic.] : Field Naturalists Club of Victoria. 1884. Retrieved 2017-08-25.
  6. Aston, Helen I. (1973). Aquatic plants of Australia; a guide to the identification of the aquatic ferns and flowering plants of Australia, both native and naturalized. Carlton, Vic.: Melbourne University Press. ISBN 978-0522840445. OCLC 3241613.
  7. Aston, Helen I. (1978). A bird atlas of the Melbourne Region. Balmford, Rosemary., Victorian Ornithological Research Group. Melbourne: Victorian Ornithological Research Group. ISBN 978-0959591408. OCLC 4962542.
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