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0n Norfolk Island, its character and productions.


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Downing, Charles Toogood (1859) 0n Norfolk Island, its character and productions. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 3 (2). pp. 195-212.

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It was intimated at a recent meeting of this Society, that as
Norfolk Island is about to pass into the hands of new occupants,
it would be desirable to have some record of its
natural history and resources. In accordance with the
wishes of the members, I have drawn up a short paper
on the subject, though with considerable diffidence, in
the hope only that fresh facts will be elicited in the after
discussion. The sources from whence my information has
been drawn have been the histories of the early and
later navigators—Cook, Anson, Hunter, Keppel ; the narratives
of those who have visited or resided at the place ;
and all those records, correspondences, and reports to which
I could obtain access otherwise. As far as possible, I
have verified the accounts of others by my own personal
observation and experience during three visits to and short
residences on the island. Still, this essay, should only be
regarded as a resume—as little more than a collection and
arrangement of scattered facts, drawn up in the simple and
terse style most suitable to this Society.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 195-212
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to The Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 01 Dec 2014 23:54
Last Modified: 01 Dec 2014 23:54
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