Starting work at Sydney’s Botanic Garden

1st March 1837

On this day, 1st March 1837, Allan Cunningham took up his position as Colonial Botanist in New South Wales.

He had taken up the role without thinking it through. He wanted so much to return to the country he loved and the friends with whom he had shared his past glories. He was blinded by his memories. The reality was very different.

The responsibilities of the position he had accepted were more as a Head Gardener. They were not in line with his hopes and expectations of continuing his scientific work.

Disappointment lay in waiting. 1


  1. Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham[]