Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham

Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham FLS MRGS

Author: Robert Heward FLS Published 1842

eText created and edited by Diane Challenor

A Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham by Robert Heward

ABOUT THE BOOK

In a university library, buried between the covers of two very heavy, very old books, is a treasure wrapped in green canvas, lost, waiting to be discovered. The treasure is Robert Heward’s 1842 Biographical Sketch of the Late Allan Cunningham (1791-1839).

Allan Cunningham was a Plant Explorer and Geographical Explorer, who played an important role in Colonial Australia’s history.

164 years after the sketch was first published, it has been reproduced in six parts as part of The Allan Cunningham Project. You can read the complete text here.

Heward’s reedited text remains as it was written with a few style enhancements to assist the modern reader access the story more easily. His 19th century, scholarly writing style is stiff and formal, typical of the period. It is heavily loaded with the Latin names of hundreds of plants collected by Mr Cunningham and written for a scientific audience. We have enhanced the style by adding extra paragraph breaks, headings, a contents list, plant index, endnotes and a time line, making the reading experience more enjoyable and easier to absorb. We have retained the page numbers from the original text, in square brackets, as a cross-reference to the original.

Although a formal tone is used throughout the text, it was written with obvious respect and affection. Mr Heward was a close friend of Allan Cunningham. His description of Mr Cunningham’s strength of character was so moving that tears fell as I read his closing words. His story is worth discovering.

Source: Diane Challenor, Editor The Allan Cunningham Project

CONTENTS

Part 1 : covers the period July 1791 to March 1820
This extract, from Heward’s Part 1,
begins at page 231 of The Journal of Botany
Volume IV 1842.

Part 2 : covers the period June 1820 to August 1822
This extract, from Heward’s Part 1,
begins at page 253 of The Journal of Botany
Volume IV 1842.

Part 3 : covers the period August 1822 to August 1826
This extract, from Heward’s Part 1,
begins at page 276 of The Journal of Botany
Volume IV 1842.

Part 4 : covers the period August 1826 to June 1828
This extract, from Heward’s Part 1,
begins at page 297 of The Journal of Botany
Volume IV 1842.

Part 5 : covers the period June 1828 to February 1831
This extract, from Heward’s Part 2,
begins at page 107 of The London Journal of Botany
Volume I 1842.

Part 6 : covers the period February 1831 to his memorial in 1839
This extract from Heward’s Part 3,
begins at page 263 of The London Journal of Botany
Volume I 1842.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Robert Heward was the publisher of The Westminster Review 1829 to 1834. He was a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London and a Member of the Royal Geographic Society. It was to Robert Heward, Allan Cunningham bequeathed his botanic collection and it was to Robert, Allan wrote many of his last letters.

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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