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The bust commemorates Sir Joseph Banks (1743 - 1820), naturalist and patron of science who accompanied James Cook on his expedition which sailed from Plymouth in 1768.

When the Royal Society persuaded the Admiralty to send James Cook in command of an expedition to observe the transit of Venus, it urged that `Joseph Banks - a Gentleman of large fortune - well versed in natural history` should be permitted to join the expedition `with his Suite`.

Probably the Earl of Sandwich influenced agreement to the request, and Banks joined the ship with a staff of eight. Banks recorded his general impressions of the Australian east coast, noting plants, insects, molluscs, reptiles, birds, fish, quadrupeds, etc. as well as Aboriginal customs. Because of his keen interest in the colony Banks has been called `the Father of Australia`.


Address:Clunies Ross Street, Australian National Botanic Gardens, Acton, 2601
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.277778
Long: 149.11
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Artist:Mrs Ninon Geier (Canberra, ACT)


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 28th April, 1988
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Sir Joseph Banks, BT. KCB. FRS.

1743 - 1820

Naturalist and patron of science

Presented by the Australian Academy of Science and the Royal Society of London

28 April, 1988

Sculptor  Ninon Geier 

Source: MA,ADB
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