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The natural history observations and collections made during Furneaux's visit to Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) in 1773 with special reference to botany
journal contributionposted on 2023-11-02, 05:48 authored by EC Nelson
During the visit of H.M.S. ADVENTURE to Tasmania in March 1773 a number of animals and birds were caught or observed; several of the birds were later drawn. As well, Tobias Furneaux, captain of ADVENTURE, collected seeds of at least two plants, Eucalyptus obliqua and Leptospermum lanigerum, and herbarium specimens of the latter, which were brought back to England. The seeds were germinated and plants were growing in London gardens in the late 1770's. The possible existence of other herbarium specimens is discussed, and the reasons for the small amount of scientific collection by ADVENTURE's complement are discussed.