Professor HBS Womersley (1922-2011) was the foundation President of ASPAB from 1980-1982; his meticulous taxonomic research on marine algae has inspired several generations of phycologists in Australia. Bryan hosted a meeting at which the formation of “an Australasian society for persons in interested in aquatic botany” was formally discussed on 1- 2 March 1979 at the University of Adelaide. It was followed in May 1980 by the inaugural ASPAB meeting at Monash University. Professor Womersley’s life in phycology has been documented in several publications: ASPAB Newsletter 8 (1), 2-10 (1988); Bot. Mar. 41, 1-5 (1998) and Bot. Mar. 52, 193-4 (2009).