Sir Joseph Banks [The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia, 1925]

[Editor: This is an entry from The Illustrated Australian Encyclopaedia (1925).] Banks, SIR JOSEPH (1743-1820), only son of William Banks of Revesby in Lincolnshire, was born in Argyle-street, London, on 13 February 1743, and educated at Harrow, Eton and Oxford. During his first year at the university (1761) his father died, leaving him Revesby with […]

History of Australia and Australian colonization [19 August 1840]

[Editor: An article published in The Sydney Herald, 19 August 1840.] History of Australia and Australian colonization. After the visit of Tasman to Van Diemen’s Land, Australian discovery for a long period was at a stand. “The attention of European nations had been attracted by the golden fables of South America, the sunny islands of […]

On Affixing a Tablet to the Memory of Captain Cook, and Sir Joseph Banks, Against the Rock of their First Landing in Botany Bay [22 March 1822]

[Editor: A poem published in Sydney Gazette, and New South Wales Advertiser, 22 March 1822.] On Affixing a Tablet to the Memory of Captain Cook, and Sir Joseph Banks, Against the Rock of their First Landing in Botany Bay. I have been musing what our Banks had said, And Cook, had they had second-sight that […]