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RAHS Special Lecture – Joseph Banks and the Endeavour: The Unauthorised Biography

Event Date & Time: Wednesday, 19 June 2024 @ 1.00 pm – 2.00 pm

Event Location: History House, 133 Macquarie St, Sydney NSW 2000

Cost: Free

Event Description:

Joseph Banks together with Daniel Solander collected hundreds of botanical specimens and were the first trained naturalists to describe the unique flora and fauna of Continent Australia that had evolved during its 30 million years of isolation. They returned to England with over 3,000 specimens which went into Joseph Banks’s private collection. All the work was done to draw and describe the specimens which were to be published in a massive volume. But this never happened. Why?

About the speaker:

Ian Burnet grew up in South Gippsland in Victoria and graduated with a combined major in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Melbourne. His books show his fascination with the diverse history of the Indonesian archipelago to the north of Australia. Ian is the author of six books that relate to maritime history, the spice trade and the vast archipelago to the north of Australia. These include Spice Islands, East Indies, Archipelago, Where Australia Collides with Asia, The Tasman Map and Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages. Details can be found on his website – www.ianburnetbooks.com.

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