Joseph Banks (b. 1748 - d. 1820) Where would we be without Florilegium a record of the botanical collections made by Joseph Banks and his team of naturalists aboard James Cook's Endeavour? Banks is credited with introducing the Western world to native Australian flora including his namesake, the Banksia. Cook's first voyage in H.M.S. Endeavour was originally commissioned by King George III for scientific purposes. Many of his botanical illustrations and drawings are held in the Natural History Museum in London as well as Australian state galleries. Click Here for Further Reading on the Florilegium Collection
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