A garden enclosed: botanical barter in Sydney, 1818–39

Endersby, Jim (2000) A garden enclosed: botanical barter in Sydney, 1818–39. British Journal of the History of Science, 33 (3). pp. 313-334. ISSN 0007-0874

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Abstract

The creators of Sydney's botanic garden were a varied group of people with diverse agendas and interests, only some of whom saw themselves as men of science. While several were trying to advance botany, others were more concerned with self-advancement or financial gain. Yet they collaborated, almost unintentionally, to found Australias first scientific institution. Exchanges of plants were crucial to forming and maintaining the relationships between these different figures. Studying these exchanges allows hitherto-neglected figures to take their place in the gardens story alongside well-known ones. This study also takes issue with the notion that British colonial botanic gardens were established as part of a botanical empire, with Kew Gardens at its centre. And it seeks to extend Susan Leigh Star and James R Griesemers idea of boundary objects, by suggesting that relationships based on barter, gift-exchange or patronage rather than cash played a key role in mediating between the participants in colonial scientific institutions.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DU History of Oceania (South Seas) > DU080 Australia
Depositing User: Jim Endersby
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:48
Last Modified: 22 Aug 2012 09:20
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28266
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