Malvina Evalyn Wood

Malvina Evalyn Wood (1893-1976), university librarian and college warden, was born in Guildford, Western Australia, daughter of a railway porter.[1] Genealogy records show that the family's name was initially Shell, but was changed to Wood for unknown reasons.[2]

Personal lifeEdit

An announcement of Wood's engagement to Sydney Harrison appeared in The Daily News on 18 May 1914,[3] though her biography in the Australian Dictionary of Biography states that she never married but had a long-term relationship with a partner who died in 1947. Wood a resident of a nursing home in Mosman Park died on 17 September 1976 the bulk of her estate valued at A$250,000 was bequeathed to St Catherine College at University of Western Australia.[1]


Wood received her Bachelor's (1927)[4] and master's degree (1943) from the University of Western Australia. After completing a correspondence course, she became an Associate of the Library Association of the United Kingdom in 1933.[1]


Wood started as a typist and Librarian at the Museum and Art Gallery of Western Australia in 1910, before becoming an administrative assistant to chief Librarian J.S. Battye in 1919. She was appointed as the first full-time librarian of the University of Western Australia in 1927.[1]

Wood became an Honorary Fellow of St Catherine's College in 1970.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d Medcalf, M (2005). "Wood, Malvina Evalyn (1893–1976)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Supplementary Volume, (MUP), 2005. Melbourne University Press. ISSN 1833-7538. Retrieved 26 February 2015 – via National Centre of Biography, Australian National University.
  2. ^ "Stories from the Archives: desperately seeking Eva". University of Western Australia. 17 April 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Mainly About People". The Daily News. Perth: National Library of Australia. 18 May 1914. p. 3 Edition: Third Edition. Retrieved 26 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "THE GRADUATES". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 23 April 1927. p. 11. Retrieved 26 February 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "St. Catherine's Fellows". University of Western Australia. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)