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Author: Grantlee Kieza
Format: Hardback
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Pages: 592

Lust, science, adventure – Joseph Banks and his voyages of discovery.Explorer, naturalist and president of Britain’s Royal Society, Sir Joseph Banks was a larger-than-life character best known for his promotion of science. In 1768 Banks joined Captain James Cook’s expedition to the South Pacific. The 30,000 specimens he brought back generated enormous interest, as did the sometimes racy written account of the journey, which chronicled his frequent amorous exploits.Banks’ passion for the new and unusual flora of Australia led him to recommend Botany Bay to parliament as an excellent place for a penal settlement, despite the fact the soil was poor and there was no fresh running water, but he later became the foremost expert on everything Australian.


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