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In this first ever documentary of Sir Joseph Banks, journalist Ian Cross explores Sir Joseph Banks’ influence over five decades, during a critical period of great change in the world, from 1770 to 1820. In the 5 half-hour programs, The Lost World of Joseph Banks uncovers the relationships, achievements, and controversies associated with this enigmatic figure.
Among the most outstanding figures of the 18th and 19th centuries, Sir Joseph Banks, the naturalist, explorer, collector, patron and President of the Royal Society for more than 40 years, was one of Australia’s founding fathers. As a young botanist, he accompanied Captain Cook on his circumnavigation voyage of discovery to the South Seas. Banks was instrumental in establishing Kew Gardens as the greatest botanical centre in the world. Utilizing his influence and friendship with King George III, and in society, he advanced the careers of many navigators, explorers, and naturalists, including William Bligh and Matthew Flinders.
Joseph Banks’ true genius and legacy survives not only in his collections, notably his magnificent Herbarium and Florilegium, the record of his botanizing in the South Seas, housed in the Natural History Museum in London, but in his pivotal role in the founding of Australia, first as a convict settlement and then as a British colony
Runtime: 5 x 26 Minute episodes
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