Kirton Lindsey Society Meeting
A talk on Sir Joseph Banks – one of Lincolnshire’s most famous botanists and naturalists.
Sir Joseph Banks (1743 – 1820) first made his name on the 1766 natural history expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador. He then took part in Captain James Cook’s first great voyage (1768–1771), visiting Brazil, Tahiti, and, after 6 months in New Zealand and Australia, returned to immediate fame. He held the position of President of the Royal Society for over 41 years. He advised King George III on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and by sending botanists around the world to collect plants, he made Kew the world’s leading botanical gardens.
He is credited with introducing the eucalyptus, acacia, and the genus named after him, Banksia, to the Western world. Approximately 80 species of plants bear his name. He was the leading founder of the African Association and a member of the Society of Dilettanti which helped to establish the Royal Academy.
Banks was born to William Banks, a wealthy Lincolnshire country squire and member of the House of Commons. His father died in 1761, so he inherited the impressive estate of Revesby Abbey, in Lincolnshire, becoming the local squire and magistrate, and sharing his time between Lincolnshire and London.
For more information visit the Sir Joseph Banks Society website