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Sir Joseph Banks: Hero or Villain

When Sir Joseph Banks sailed past our shores with Captain Cook on the ship the Endeavour in April 1770, he helped set in motion a seismic change to the land and to the life inhabitants of what was then known by Europeans as New Holland. On this visit to the Botanic Garden you can join the 18th Century Gentleman Botanist as he questions his own role in that fateful voyage all those years ago. There will be plenty of opportunities to explore the Garden as you join Banks in a re-enactment of this great event that has shape so many lives including our own.

This is a great opportunity to explore an exciting episode of our local history and uncover the importance of conserving the natural, built and cultural environment.

What happens?

  • Explore Wollongong Botanic Garden, learning about the history and geography of this important site.
  • Participate in hands-on demonstrations of a variety of episodes in the life of an 18th Century English Gentleman.
  • Debate the importance history as great lesson in life.

Curriculum links

Themes: Heritage, Sustainability, Impact on natural environments

  • HT4-3: describes and assesses the motives and actions of past individuals and groups in the context of past societies
  • HT4-7: identifies and describes different contexts, perspectives and interpretations of the past

Bookings and more information

If you have a question about this activity, please email or call us on (02) 4227 7667.

If you're ready to book, use the form on our Excursion page and note this as one of your preferred activities.