While Allan Cunningham was at his home in Parramatta recuperating from his trip to the Wellington Valley, Alexander Macleay arrived in Port Jackson, aboard the convict ship Marquis of Hastings, with his wife and six daughters, to take up the role of Colonial Secretary of New South Wales.
He brought with him an internationally renown collection of insects and natural objects which was expanded and enhanced by his son, William Sharp Macleay. The collection is a very important historic collection that still exists today and can be viewed at the Macleay Museum at the University Of Sydney.
Allan Cunningham and Alexander Macleay were to become friends with a shared love of botany, science and the natural world. [Ref 1]
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)