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People, Plants and Places

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney is Australia’s oldest scientific institution and the oldest botanic garden in Australia. Let’s explore the significant people, plants, and places in the Royal Botanic Garden since 1788.

Stage 1 History

  • HT1-2 Identifies and describes significant people, events, places and sites in the local community over time.

Stage 2 History

  •  HT2-2 Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time.
  • HT2-3 Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects.

Stage 3 History

  • HT3-1 Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia.
  • HT3-2 Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time.

Inquiry Questions

Stage 1
  • What aspects of the past can you see today at the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney?
  • What remains of the Garden’s past are important to the local community?

Stage 2
  • How has the Garden changed?  What features have been lost and what features have been retained?
  • What is the nature of the contributions made by different groups and individuals (convicts, colonists, scientists, etc.) to the Garden?
  • How and why do people choose to remember significant events of the Garden’s past?

Stage 3:
  • How did colonial settlement change the environment around Port Jackson, the present-day site of the Garden?
  • What were the significant events and who were the significant people that shaped the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney?
  • Literacy capability
  • Numeracy capability
  • Critical and Creative Thinking capability
  • Personal and Social capability
  • Ethical Understanding capability
  • Work and Enterprise capability

European Arrival!/media/1957482/first-fleet

Garden Palace
Jonathan Jones, barrangal dyara (skin and bones) Education Kit


Royal Botanic Garden Sydney History

Further Reading

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney: the first 200 years by Jennie Churchill and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney