Joseph Banks:

Kew Gardens

2 June 2012 | Places

Maureen and I made a backstage tour of Kew Gardens in London. I’ve been to the gardens a few times over the years and made too many close visits on final approaches into London’s Heathrow Airport. There’s a great deal of discussion about London airports at the moment ...

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The Explorers

10 July 2010 | Media

Tim Flannery’s book The Explorers (Text Publishing) is a wonderful collection of short excerpts from more than 50 predominantly early explorers. All the big names are here, William Dampier, James Cook, Joseph Banks, Matthew Flinders, Ludwig Leichardt, William Wills (R...

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The Age of Wonder

12 February 2010 | Media

It’s one of the most interesting books I’ve read recently, the impact of the ‘beauty and terror’ of science on the romantic age, from the late 1700s through the early 1800s. I’ve always been fascinated by Joseph Banks, the young, rich and endlessly inquisitive gentlem...

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