Mr Cunningham collects orchids at Mount Tomah

2nd December 1823

On this day, 2nd December 1823, Allan Cunningham was collecting orchids at Mount Tomah.

As I continued at with the remaining portions of my baggage until the return of one of my people with a packhorse on the morrow, I employed myself collecting [p289] the parasitic Orchideae of these shaded situations, of which three species are very generally diffused through the forest, although difficult of access, since they hung from the highest branches generally of the largest timber trees, which I had not possibly the means of cutting down. ((Source: Robert Heward’s Biographical Sketch of Allan Cunningham))