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Enjoy engaging talks from a variety of guest speakers with monthly discussions on fascinating topics of historical interest.

March guest speaker: Ian Burnet

Ian grew up in South Gippsland in Victoria and graduated with a combined major in Geology and Geophysics from the University of Melbourne. His books show his fascination with the diverse history of the Indonesian archipelago to the north of Australia.

Ian is the author of six books that relate to maritime history, the spice trade and the vast archipelago to the north of Australia. These include Spice Islands, East Indies, Archipelago, Where Australia Collides with Asia, The Tasman Map and Joseph Conrad’s Eastern Voyages.

Topic: Joseph Banks and the Voyage of the Endeavour

Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander collected hundreds of botanical specimens from both Botany Bay and the Endeavour River and were the first trained naturalists to describe the unique flora and fauna of the continent Australia that had evolved during its 30 million years of isolation.

They returned to England with over 3,000 specimens that had never been seen before and went into Joseph Banks's private collection. All the work was done to draw and describe the specimens, which were to be published in a massive volume. But this never happened. To find out why, come along to the meeting.

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