Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Paul Brunton presents Joseph Banks

Come along to our next Family History meeting - this Saturday 5 July from 2pm.

Paul Brunton OAM FAHA is Emeritus Curator, State Library of New South Wales and an Honorary Associate of the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry, University of Sydney.

He was Senior Curator of the Mitchell Library until 2012 and Curator of Manuscripts between 1986 and 2000.

An enthralling speaker, Paul Brunton brings to life the amazing Joseph Banks.

As a young man, Joseph Banks travelled with James Cook on “Endeavour” from 1768-1771. It was the great adventure of his life and produced one of the greatest of all manuscripts relating to Australian history.

Did you know:
·          -       He transcribed the Aboriginal word for kangaroo as ‘kanguru’ in 1770
·          -       He was wealthy and influential with a passion for botany
·          -       He accompanied James Cook on the Endeavour charting the Australian coastline
·          -       He kept an accurate and extensive journal describing Australia
·          -       He recommended NSW as the site for a penal settlement

Visitors are welcome and afternoon tea will be served after the talk.
Admission is free.

The meeting will be held at 2pm in the library meeting room between Gordon Library and the KHS research rooms.

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