Have you ever visited Point Cunningham, Western Australia?
Have you stopped at Cunningham, New South Wales or Cunningham's Gap, Queensland?
Perhaps you have admired the beautiful Crotalaria cunninghamii commonly known as the green bird flower, or the grove of bungalow palms (Archontophoenix cunninghamiana) in Sydney's Botanic Gardens.
Who was the person honoured by these names?
Allan Cunningham was one of Australia's foremost botanist explorers.
During his 17 years in Australia, he was responsible for collecting more than 3000 specimens of plants and exploring much of eastern New South Wales and southern Queensland.
The focus of this publication is to provide precise locality information for the numerous localities visited by Allan Cunningham between December 1817 and April 1822 when he was the botanist accompanying Phillip Parker King on his hydrographic surveys of the Australian coastline.
This information will facilitate the duration of Cunningham's plant specimens, which are distributed among herbaria worldwide, and will assist those who wish to revisit his collecting localities.
Also provided is a synoptic, chronological listing of Cunningham's entire itinerary for the period of his stay in Australia (1816-1839).
The above text is quoted from the inside cover of the book.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Suzanne Curry : A search of the internet has not revealed any information about her.
Bruce Maslin : is a Senior Research Scientist, specializing in the genus Acacia. In this role he has undertaken basic taxonomic research and examine ways of effectively disseminating and applying this information. Over the past 30 years his Acacia work has involved systematics, phylogeny, biogeography, phytochemistry, conservation biology, anatomy and botanical history. A number of these studies have involved collaborations with colleagues, both nationally and internationally. He has described around 250 new taxa of Acacia, published over 100 scientific contributions and developed electronic information systems to access information on this vast genus of plants.
Source : Dept of Environment & Conservation
John Maslin : Created the maps in this publication. A search of the internet has not revealed any extra information about him.
© Commonwealth of Australia 2002
Published by ABRS
Australian Biological Resources Study
GPO Box 787 Canberra ACT 2601 Australia
ISBN 0 642 56818 9