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Ronald Gunn
Ronald Gunn

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson / John Huth

Statue commemorates botanist Ronald Campbell Gunn (1808-1881) who was a man who was passionate about horticulture.

Gunn collected thousands of specimens of Tasmanian plants which he meticulously described and sent to Kew Gardens in London. From these specifications, 42 plants were given the species name of gunnii. Gunn arrived in Van Diemens land in 1830 and was appointed Police Magistrate and Assistant Superintendent of Convicts at Launceston.

Various changes in his working life gave Gunn the opportunity to travel widely throughout the island. As a member of the appointed Legislative Council and an elected member of the First House of Assembly, Gunn became active in public affairs.

He was involved in numerous local societies and businesses including the Mechanics Institute, and the Bank of Australasia in Launceston. His private library of natural history books was considered the finest collection in the colony


Address:Cimitiere & Lawrence Streets, City Park, Launceston, 7250
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.431981
Long: 147.143961
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Monument Designer:Peter Corlett


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 4th July, 2006
Front Inscription

Ronald Campbell Gunn F.L.S. F.R.S. Botanist 1808 - 1881 Sculptor Peter Corlett 4 July 2006

Source: MA,ADB
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