26th August 1820 – a visits to Sim’s Island
On this day, 26th August 1820, Allan Cunningham lands on an island, later to be named as Sim’s Island, at his request, when he accompanied Phillip Parker King on his third survey of the Australian coast.
Robert Heward wrote: Sim’s Island was also visited again; of the results of his trip on shore, Mr Cunningham observes: “We landed at Sansom’s head, and having a seaman to assist me, I employed him in digging up a few bulbs of Crinum angustifolium, which is generally but thinly scattered over the different parts of the island, whilst I ranged over the rocks in pursuit of other botanical subjects. [Ref 1]
Heward, Robert. “A Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham.” The Journal of Botany Volume IV and Volume I (1842) p258 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)