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  • Title
    Flora of Norfolk Island and New South Wales, ca. 1790s
  • Creator
  • Level of description
  • Date

    ca. 1790-1795
  • Type of material
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  • Issue Copy
  • Physical Description
    41 drawings - ink, watercolour
    0.01 metres of textual material

    John Doody was sentenced to transportation for seven years at the Old Bailey, London on 10 December 1788 and arrived in New South Wales on 16 October 1791 on board the Admiral Barrington as part of the Third Fleet. On board was also Captain William Paterson who was immediately given command of the detachment on Norfolk Island. Doody was sent to Norfolk Island, as Paterson’s servant, arriving on 4 November 1791.

    The drawings may have been made for Paterson, who collected and sent home botanical, geological and insect specimens for Sir Joseph Banks.

    In 1794 Paterson discussed with Banks the publication of his memoranda on the natural history of Norfolk Island and referred to drawings by Doody.
    John Doody left Norfolk Island on 9 March 1793 on board the Kitty.

    In 1795, while Acting Administrator of the Colony, Paterson granted Doody 30 acres of land in an area originally named Doody’s Bay. It is now known as Gladesville. No further record of John Doody can be found in the Musters from 1800 onwards or any record of his death.

    Banks Papers, Series 27.08
    Norfolk Island, 1788-1813 : the people and their families / James Hugh Donohoe.
    Index to convict indents, 1788-1842
    Proceedings of the Old Bailey, London 1674-1834.
    The conservation of Norfolk Island, Special Publication No. 1 (1968) / J.S. Turner
  • Scope and Content
    SERIES 01
    Flora of Norfolk Island, ca. 1790s / attributed to John Doody

    SERIES 02
    Flora of New South Wales, ca. 1790s
  • Source
    Bequeathed by Sir William Dixson, 1952
  • Access Conditions

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  • Copying Conditions
    Out of copyright: Artist died before 1955
    Please acknowledge: : Dixson Library, State Library of New State Wales
  • Finding Aids
    Revised listing compiled by Peter Coyne, 2011, available online -
  • Description source

    SLNSW Mitchell Library Pictures Card Catalogue
  • General note

    Bookplate of Sir William Dixson

    An additional listing of the identification of plants in `Flora of Norfolk Island' compiled by Owen Evans of the Norfolk Island Fauna and Flora Society in 1970 is available at PXn 196.
  • Attributions / conjectures

    Attribution of the drawings to Doody, was made in correspondence between Banks and Paterson on 12 December 1794.

    Banks Papers, Series 27.08.
    Notes on attribution : Flora of Norfolk Island (PXn 196)
  • Conservation note

    Drawings removed from album, April 2013. Album filed separately.
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