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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

https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2018/You-are-in-Cadi-Uncovering-the-story-of-the-Gadig
https://education.abc.net.au/home#!/media/1957482/first-fleet
https://www.nla.gov.au/digital-classroom/year-4/first-contacts
 

Garden Palace

https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/exhibition
http://kaldorartprojects.org.au/project-32-jonathan-jones
Jonathan Jones, barrangal dyara (skin and bones) Education Kit
https://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/art-and-design/kaldor-public-art-projects-raises-garden-palace-from-the-ashes-20160909-grcigj.html
https://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/stories/planting-dreams-audio-guides/jonathan-jones-richardsons-garden-palace
 

Botany

https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Science/National-Herbarium-of-New-South-Wales
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2018/Whats-the-NATIONAL-Herbarium-of-NSW
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2018/National-Herbarium-of-NSW-This-is-Your-Life!
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/plants/plant-information/collecting-plant-specimens
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/plants/plant-information/preserving-plant-specimens
https://www.botanicalartandartists.com/what-is-botanical-illustration.html
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2019/A-fragrant-memory
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/science/botanical-illustration/the-margaret-flockton-award
 

Royal Botanic Garden Sydney History

https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2018/Part-1-Digging-into-our-history-1800s
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2018/Part-2-Digging-into-our-history-1900s
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2018/Part-3-Digging-into-our-history-2000s
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2019/A-%E2%80%98point%E2%80%99-in-history
https://www.rbgsyd.nsw.gov.au/Stories/2018/The-Domain-Sydney-s-stage
https://www.smh.com.au/interactive/2016/botanicgardens/
 

Further Reading

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