Joseph Banks

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Fantastic Flora in Australia – Federation to Fifties

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Australia’s architectural and garden styles developed through the imposition of European cultures on the land and its people from Federation to the Fifties.

Culture in the Colony

Culture in the Colony

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Due to the interest of botanist and naturalist Sir Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820) Australian plants became known in England after 1770. The first conscious attempt at garden layout at Sydney was most certainly the grounds of Government House, constructed in 1788. A view rendered in c1792 depicts a naive…

Survival in the Colony

Survival in the Colony

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Naturalist and botanist Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820) advised Australia’s first Governor Phillip about what plants to take to New South Wales to sustain pioneering troops and convicts. He advised they could be obtained en route. Taking corn and wheat seed from England at the Cape of Good Hope Phillip gathered…