Category: Plant Collecting in Brazil 1814

20th December 1816 – arrives in Port Jackson for the first time

On this day, 20th December 1816, Allan Cunningham arrived in Port Jackson (Sydney Harbour) from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was an Australian summer’s day and he disembarked from the Surry at the dock in Sydney Town, “after a pleasant voyage of ninety-five days sailing”. The Surry was under the command of Thomas Raine and its Surgeon was John. F. Bayley.

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28th September 1816 – departs from Brazil

On this day, 28th September 1816, Allan Cunningham and his colleague James Bowie departed Rio de Janeiro, having spent two years collecting plant specimens for Sir Joseph Banks and Kew Gardens. During this time they gradually became experts in botanical identification and their ability to overcome obstacles they met along the way were the foundations on which their future careers would stand.

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28th December 1814 – arrive at Rio de Janiero Brazil

Three days after Christmas, on this day, 28th December 1814, Allan Cunningham and James Bowie arrived in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. They found a place to stay in the capital, Rio and spent the next three months awaiting the Portuguese government’s permission to travel in the interior.

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29th October 1814 – depart from England sailing toward Brazil

On this day, 29th October 1814, Allan Cunningham and James Bowie sailed from Spithead on board the Duncan 74 commanded by Captain Chambers. Their destination was Rio de Janiero in South America. Their task was to collect botanical specimens for Kew Gardens in London.

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