Category: Kew Gardens

19th June 1820 – Sir Joseph Banks dies

On this day, 19th June 1820, While Allan Cunningham was on a voyage with Phillip Parker King, his patron and mentor Sir Joseph Banks dies.

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27th August 1814 – Mr Cunningham applied for the position of King’s Botanical Collector

On this day, 27th August 1814, Allan Cunningham applied for the position of The King’s Botanical Collector, soon afterward his application was accepted. It was agreed that he would be paid 180 pounds per annum plus expenses, being 30 pounds per annum in cash and the rest to be placed in a bank in London to provide for his retirement.