Tag: Australian Colonial History

Margaret Winmill has written a biographical gem about George (1776-1859) and Sarah Suttor

I’m impressed with the way this biography, of George and Sarah Suttor, has been structured by Margaret Winmill, George and Sarah’s great-great-great-granddaughter. The internal design of the book makes its content accessible. The paper quality and dimensions are good, the font size and font choice make the reading comfortable, and the white space is generous. The text is written in a style that makes for easy reading, and feeds the desire to know more.

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Allan Cunningham
Letters of a Botanist Explorer
1791-1839

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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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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