S2A3 Biographical Database of Southern African Science




Hickey, Miss M F (shell collection)

Born: Date not known, Place not known.
Died: Date not known, Place not known.

"Miss Hickey" of Port Elizabeth donated 22 species of mollusc shells to the Port Elizabeth Museum in 1905. She was an indiscriminate collector, for that same year she also donated a monkey skull, seven tortoise shells (of which three were new to the museum), three rocks and minerals, and a postcard made of peat. She was presumably Miss M.F. Hickey, who also collected land snails in KwaZulu-Natal early in the twentieth century. The land snail Gulella hickeyana was named after her, but the name is no longer in use.

A certain Miss Hickey, possibly her, was associated with the Grahamstown Lunatic Asylum (as a nurse) during 1899-1900, where some charges were formulated against her. Two years later, in February 1902, Miss M.F. Hickey applied for a position as nurse in the Orange River Colony (now the Free State).

Miss M.F. Hicky may be the same person as "Miss M.F. Hocky"*, who donated fossil shells from the Cockscomb to Albany Museum in 1898.


List of sources:
Barnard, K.H. Personal names in South African conchology. Cape Town: Conchological Society of Southern Africa, 1965.

Cape of Good Hope. Report on the Port Elizabeth Museum, 1905.

Herbert, D. & Kilburn, D. Field guide to the land snails and slugs of eastern South Africa. Pietermaritzburg: Natal Museum, 2004.

National Automated Archival Information Retrieval System (NAAIRS). . Documents relating to Hickey, M.F./Hickey, Miss.


Compiled by: C. Plug


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