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Corporate entry Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (1816 - )

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Conservation or Environment
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney, New South Wales 2000, Australia


The Royal Botanic Garden and Domain is the oldest scientific institution in Australia. In colonial times the Domain, which surrounds the Royal Botanic Garden, acted as a buffer between the governor's residence and the penal colony. It was opened to public access in 1816.

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  • Gilbert, Lionel, The Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney: a History 1816-1985 (Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1986), 224 pp. Details
  • Gilbert, Lionel, The Little Giant: The Life and Work of Joseph Henry Maiden, 1859-1925 (Armidale, NSW: Kardoorair Press in association with the Sydney Royal Botanic Gardens, 2001), 429 pp. Details

Edited Books

  • Churchill, Jennie and Valder, Peter eds, 200 years: the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (Ultimo, N.S.W.: Halstead Press, 2015), 271 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Briggs, Barbara G., 'L. A. S. Johnson - a botanical career', Telopea, 6 (4) (1996), 511-20. Details
  • Briggs, Barbara G., 'Lawrence Alexander Sidney Johnson 1926-1997', Historical Records of Australian Science, 13 (4) (2001), 475-494. Details
  • Frawley, Jodi, 'Prickly Pear Land: Transnational Networks in Settler Australia', Australian Historical Studies, 38 (130) (2007), 323-38. Details
  • Frawley, Jodi, 'Campaigning for Street Trees, Sydney Botanic Gardens, 1890s-1920s', Environment and History (2009), 303-322 . Details
  • Mabberley, D. J., 'Plant introduction and hybridisation in colonial New South Wales: the work of John Carne Bidwill, Sydney's first director', Telopea, 6 (4) (1996), 541-62. Details



  • Frawley, Jodi, 'Botanical knowledges, Settling Australia: Sydney Botanic Gardens 1896-1924', PhD thesis, University of Sydney, 2009, 375 pp. Details

See also

  • Wilson, Edwin, The wishing tree : a guide to memorial trees, statues, fountains, etc. in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Domain, and Centennial Park, Sydney (Kenthurst, NSW: Kangaroo Press in association with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, 1992), 160 pp. Details

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