Tag: books

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 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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King’s Collectors for Kew by A.E. & T.A.Orchard

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 by A.E. & T.A. Orchard

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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The Search for the Inland Sea

John Oxley Surveyor-General of New South Wales ranks among the great explorers of Australia. His expeditions along the Lachlan and Macquarie Rivers were feats of dogged endurance and persistence, as he pursued his dream of finding the mysterious ‘inland sea’ that he firmly believed lay in the Australian interior.

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