Tag: Allan Cunningham

Dr Tony and Tessa Orchard have achieved so much

The Allan Cunningham Project has just received a copy of Tony and Tessa Orchard’s latest publication: The Australian Botanical Journals of Allan Cunningham.  The book is another example of the authors’ tenacity in making Australian Colonial History accessible.

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Allan Cunningham’s Journals 1814 to 1822

Dr AE Orchard and Mrs T.A. Orchard have published a series of books providing, for the first time, a complete transcription of Allan Cunningham’s personal journals, commencing in 1814. Their project is ongoing, with the goal of making accessible a comprehensive and accurate transcription of all of Allan Cunningham’s journals and letters. The books described on this page are: Kings Collectors for Kew – James Bowie and Allan Cunningham Brazil; The Australian Botanical Journals October 1816 to February 1819; The Australian Botanical Journals February 1819 to 1822.

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Tracking and Mapping the Explorers
by John Whitehead

When studying the coming and goings of geographical explorers you need a map, a very precise, detailed readable map along with clear geographic reference points. A map that shows where the explorers walked, where they camped, what they observed and what they reported in their journals. John Whitehead understood this when he walked in the footsteps of the explorers. He has taken the time to share his experience by recording geographic locations, providing maps and photos of a landscape that in some places still remains visually similar to what the explorers saw. Using the explorers’ original maps and journals, John found where they had been and with respect and dedication stood where these intrepid explorers once stood. His books are indispensable for those who take the time to walk in the footsteps of our early colonial adventurers.

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Allan Cunningham
Letters of a Botanist Explorer

Allan Cunningham is rightly celebrated as the leading botanist in Australia in the first half of the 19th century. He was also an accomplished explorer, and a pioneer physical geographer, plant geographer and ecologist at a time when those sciences were in their infancy. Cunningham was a very enthusiastic correspondent, both in the numbers and (often) length of his letters, and this book brings together over 490 letters, to him, from him, and (between third parties) about him. More …

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King’s Collectors for Kew

In 1814, with the close of the Napoleonic Wars, Sir Joseph Banks persuaded the Prince Regent (later King George IV) to send two collectors to the colonies of New South Wales and the Cape of Good Hope to gather propagating material to rejuvenate and enhance the King’s Garden at Kew, then, as now, one of the world’s great botanic gardens. More …

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The Botanist and the Judge

On Christmas Day, 1818, the tiny naval Cutter ‘Mermaid’, under the command of Lieutenant Phillip Parker King, sailed through Sydney Heads en route to Tasmania, where King intended to survey the newly discovered harbours of Port Davey and Macquarie Harbour. On board were two passengers, the botanist Allan Cunningham … and Justice Barron Field.

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27th June 1839 – Allan Cunningham’s last day

On this day, 27th June 1839, Allan Cunningham died. His life had been cut short. He was only 48. In the words of his friend Robert Heward, it was the “termination of the life of this truly estimable man”. Had he lived he would have continued collecting and identifying botanical specimens. He would have shared his knowledge with all those who showed an interest in understanding the wonders of nature. He was a success in all sense of the word.

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15th April 1838 – Allan departs from Port Jackson heading for New Zealand

On this day, 15th April 1838, Allan Cunningham departed from Port Jackson and a sailed to New Zealand aboard the French corvette L’Heroine

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1st March 1837 – Allan Cunningham took up his position as Colonial Botanist

On this day, 1st March 1837, Allan Cunningham took up his position as Colonial Botanist in New South Wales.

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12th February 1837 – arrival in Port Jackson aboard the “Norfolk”

On this day, 12th February 1837, Allan Cunningham arrived in Port Jackson aboard the “Norfolk” to take up his post as Colonial Botanist.

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16th October 1834 – English Parliament Buidlings Burn

On this day, 16th October 1834, Allan Cunningham was living at Strand on the Green when the Palace of Westminster burned.

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22nd June 1832 – Allan addresses Select Committee

On this day in London, 22nd June 1832, Allan Cunningham gave some particulars of Moreton Bay to a British Select Committee on Secondary Punishments

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22nd December 1831 – Charles Fraser, the Colonial Botanist, dies

On this day, 22nd December 1831, Charles Fraser, the Colonial Botanist, working in Port Jackson, died. Charles was a founder of the Botanic Gardens in Sydney and took part in many exploratory expeditions including several in the company of Allan Cunningham …

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1st August 1831 – New London Bridge Opened

On this day, 1st August 1831, the New London Bridge was opened in London. At this time, Allan Cunningham was living at Strand-On-The-Green. It is interesting to wonder whether Mr Cunningham went to the opening celebrations.

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1st July 1831 – Allan purchases a house at Strand-on-the-Green in London

On this day, 1st July 1831, Allan Cunningham purchased a residence at Number 21 Strand-on-the-Green

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9th June 1831 – At sea aboard the “Forth”

On this day, 9th June 1831, Allan Cunningham was at sea aboard the “Forth” heading for England. A ship, the “Royal Admiral”, outward bound from Port Jackson, sailed into view. Light winds kept them together several days, and visits were occasionally paid to and from both vessels until the wind picked up and they continued on their way.

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14th April 1831 – at sea off the coast of Cape Horn

On this day, 14th April 1831, Allan Cunningham was onboard the “Forth” sailing for England and off the coast of Cape Horn.

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25th February 1831 – Allan departs for England on the “Forth”

On this Day, 25th February 1831, Allan Cunningham sailed homeward to Portsmouth in England from Port Jackson on the “Forth” after collecting botanical specimens and exploring the Australian wilderness for 15 years.

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15th November 1826 – exploring The Bay of Plenty NZ

On this day, 15th November 1826, Allan Cunningham was exploring and collecting in the vicinity of The Bay of Plenty New Zealand.

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1st November 1826 – exploring Whangaroa NZ

Around this day, 1st November 1826, Allan Cunningham was exploring and collecting in the vicinity of Whangaroa.

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