21st July 1823 – return to Parramatta

1823-07-21On this day, 21st July 1823, Allan Cunningham returned to his home in Parramatta, from his successful journey to Pandoras Pass, to rest, organise his plants and write up his notes.

Allan Cunningham wrote about his most recent journey in his journal: Truly important as these researches of country will prove to the many British farmers who are periodically emigrating to our distant shores, the land through which I had recently penetrated has been generally so uniform in appearance – for where any deviation to barren brushy tracts existed, they presented little or no novelty to the botanical traveller – that only a small collection of dried plants have been made, the indigenous vegetation being identically of the same characters generally as that seen and collected last summer. I have, however, gathered a few papers of desirable seeds not previously found. [Ref 1]

Reference 1: Heward, Robert. “A Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham.” The Journal of Botany Volume IV IV (1842): 231-92. Print.

Robert Heward’s 1842 Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham is now out of copyright and was originally published in three parts: Part One appeared in The Journal of Botany Volume IV, printed in London 1842; and Part Two and Three appeared in The London Journal of Botany Volume I, also printed in 1842.  These volumes can be located at the libraries of the University of New South Wales Library, in Sydney and the National Library of Australia Library, in Canberra (Ref: FRM F3424)

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