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Australian plants revealed: 65,000 years of traditional knowledge and 250 years of scienceFree

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Monday, 17 February 2020 - 9:00AM to Friday, 17 April 2020 - 5:00PM
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Learn more about Australia's vast collection of native plants.
First Nations people used plants for food, medicine, tools and shelter for at least 65,000 years before James Cook brought the Endeavour to the east coast of Australia.

Cook’s arrival saw naturalist Joseph Banks and botanist Daniel Solander collecting Australian plants which were then taken to London to be studied and classified by western scientists. Many of the plants collected were beautifully unique, having evolved to survive both drought and fire.

This highly informative exhibition provides insights into the vast Indigenous knowledge and use of these native plants, with displays of six of the actual specimens that were collected by Banks and Solander 250 years ago, as well as 30 reproductions of plants from their collections.
The exhibition is presented by the Australian Plants Society-Victoria Inc. and supported by Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria through the Melbourne Herbarium where many specimens are held. 

: Banksia serrata (MEL 583558), collected by Banks and Solander
Banksia serrata (MEL 583558), collected by Banks and Solander. Reproduced with permission from Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. 

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For further information on the exhibition, contact Council on 1300 88 22 33. 

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  • Monday, 17 February 2020 - 9.00AM to Friday, 17 April 2020 - 5.00PM
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