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Author Best, Barbara J. (Barbara Joyce)

Title George William Francis, first director of the Adelaide Botanic Garden : a biography / by Barbara J. Best
Published Adelaide : B.J. Best in conjunction with the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, 1986


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Description xiii, 182 pages : illustrations, facsimiles, map, plans, portraits ; 23 cm
Contents Includes index
Summary Describes Aboriginal people living in huts on the banks of the River Torrens in the 1850's, and various methods of finding water from the roots of plants in inland areas and collecting dew from trees near the coast p. 21; mentions a school for Aboriginal children in North Terrace, and an Act being passed in 1849 for admission of native evidence in criminal cases p. 23; mentions unfriendly settlers and natives, and a group of Aboriginal people, fascinated by his clothing, hat and boots, kept tracking him through the sandhills p. 47; recounts a story when his children brought an Aboriginal skull and arm bone into the house, discovered when part of a river bank collapsed p. 66; image 'South Australian natives on the tramp' a lithograph by Alexander Schramm p. 21
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Bibliography: page 179
Subject Francis, George William, 1800-1865.
Adelaide Botanic Garden -- History.
Botanical gardens -- Australia -- Adelaide (S.A.) -- History.
Botanists -- Australia -- Biography.
Botanists -- Australia -- South Australia -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biographies.
Author Adelaide Botanic Garden.
ISBN 0859040275