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THE HISTORY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Series Two: The Papers of Sir Joseph Banks, 1743-1820

Part 4: Correspondence and Papers relating to Voyages of Discovery, 1768-1820, from the State Library of New South Wales

Joseph Banks served as Scientific Leader on Captain Cook's epic first voyage around the world on HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) and during his 42 tenure as President of the Royal Society, 1778-1820, he encouraged and sponsored voyages to all corners of the globe.  This project brings together both his own correspondence and papers and the journals and records of a host of voyages from 1740 to 1853. Part 4 offers:

  • The Endeavour Journal of Joseph Banks, 25 August 1768 - 12 July 1771.
  • Letters between Banks and the multitude of gardeners and collectors that he despatched around the globe to collect plants and specimens for him. This includes correspondence with David Burton, 1790-1794, George Caley, 1795-1814 , Peter Good, 1794, Francis Masson, 1776-1805, Christopher Smith, 1795-1801, and William Wright, c1782-1793.
  • Records of the first (mutinous) and second (successful) Breadfruit voyages of William Bligh aboard HMS Bounty, including the original manuscript account of Bligh's epic voyage in the launch.
  • Records of the voyages of Matthew Flinders, 1800-1808, and his Survey of Australia.
  • General correspondence of Sir Joseph Banks, 1773-1819; papers written by Banks; records concerning his Lincolnshire Estates; and letters of Sarah Sophia Banks, 1773-4 & 1779, and Lady Dorothea Banks, 1817-1822.


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