Local historian Helen Lucas, of Townsville’s Catholic Archives, will give a special presentation on Thomas and Benjamin Gulliver, Botanists and Naturalists and their Townsville Gardens during the May Discover More Talk at the Museum of Tropical Queensland.
As young men Thomas and Benjamin Gulliver began work for Dr von Mueller at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens. From there von Mueller sent them to Tasmania as plant collectors for the Botanical Gardens. In 1866 Dr von Mueller arranged for Benjamin to travel as the botanist on the ss Eagle on its exploration trip up the Queensland coast to the Roper River. Thomas came to Queensland in about 1874, joined the telegraph Department and began collecting flora and fauna and growing plants for the Queensland Acclimatisation Society. He and Benjamin established the Acacia Vale Gardens in Townsville in 1883 and Thomas developed a garden at Roseneath. Both men died in the 1930s after almost fifty years of gardening in Townsville.
Where: Museum of Tropical Queensland, 70-102 Flinders Street, Townsville City
When: Tuesday 10 May, 12pm to 1pm
Entry: Free for Townsville, Burdekin, Charters Towers and Hinchinbrook residents
Entry non-locals: Adult $15, Child $8.80, Family $38, Concession $11
T: 07 4726 0600