HMB ‘Endeavour’


HMB ‘Endeavour’: (33° 52′ 11″S, 151° 11′ 57″E) a magnificent replica of Captain James Cook’s famous ship can be visited and explored at the Australian National Maritime Museum situated in Sydney’s Darling Harbour, about1.5 km from the start of the Great North Walk at Macquarie Place, Sydney.

The Great North Walk Companion extract- pages 293-294

The name Banksia was given to the genus by the son of another famous man, Linnaeus, more than a decade after the ‘Endeavour’ returned from Cook’s first great three-year voyage in 1771. During his visit to this country, Banks identified a large number of Australian flowers and trees and received full credit for the introduction to the western world of plants such as eucalyptus, acacia and mimosa, as well as the genus that was eventually named after him, Banksia, of which there are about 80 species.”
“That many — are they are all Australian?”
“I think all but one.”

There’s a monument to Banks and his fellow botanist, Daniel Solander, in the Kurnell part of Botany Bay Park. These were the two men who, in the eight days that ‘Endeavour’ was at anchor off Botany Bay, collected as many specimens from this new, fascinating country as they could. On May 3, Banks wrote in his diary:
‘Our collection of plants was now grown so immensly large that it was necessary that some extraordinary care should be taken of them least they should spoil in the books. I therefore devoted this day to that business and carried all the drying paper, near 200 Quires of which the larger part was full, ashore and spreading them upon a sail in the sun kept them in this manner exposd the whole day, often turning them and sometimes turning the Quires in which were plants inside out.’
However, on the following day, he was once again back in the bush collecting botanical specimens:
‘May 4th Myself in the woods botanizing as usual ...’

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