Bound for Botany Bay

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The Swedish botanist Daniel Solander died on 13 May 1782. He studied under the great Carl Linnaeus, who devised the scientific naming system that is used to identify all plant and animal species.

Solander came to Australia on Captain Cook’s voyage in 1770. Although Joseph Banks took the limelight, Solander appears to have done most of the botany in Botany Bay. He is commemorated by this monument at Kurnell, and nearby Cape Solander (below) is named in his honour.

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