Mr Cunningham learns of Sir Joseph Banks’ death

20th December 1820

Around this day, 20th December 1820, after arriving back from a recent voyage with Phillip Parker King, Allan Cunningham received sad news, the lamented demise of Sir Joseph Banks, he had died on 19th June 1820.

On Mr Cunningham’s arrival in Sydney, he was made acquainted with the death of his patron, that beneficent promoter of science, the late lamented Sir Joseph Banks. To Mr Cunningham this intelligence proved a severe shock; for he had ever received from Sir Joseph the most flattering commendations for the results of his past labours, accompanied by warm assurance of his future countenance and friendship.  ((Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham, page 265))