The Celebrated Mr. Banks: Reputation and Legacy


Sailing with Cook on the first voyage of exploration launched Joseph Banks on a career which took him to the top of the world of science and learning.  He never travelled to the Pacific again, but became a globally recognised figure.


The exhibition explores how Banks' reputation grew, and some of the legacies of his long life.  For instance we should remember Banks in connection with Australian wool, the transplantation of breadfruit from the Pacific to the West Indies,  the development of tea in India and the growth of gardening and horticulture.


Banks himself took underwent some of the trials of being a celebrity, seen in the many cartoons and squibs published about him.