C1895

Wonga Wonga Vine. (Tecoma australis, R.Br.)

Scarce c.19th lithograph of the Wonga Wonga Vine by Joseph Maiden. The name is derived from the legend of the Greek goddess Pandora, because of the similarity of the seed capsules to Pandora’s Box. Aboriginal names:   Common names: tjuta, joolta, … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Wonga Wonga Vine. (Tecoma australis, R.Br.)

Date:

C1895

Condition:

Some minor spotting on top edge, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Lithograph printed in colour.

Paper Size: 

185mm 
x 245mm
AUTHENTICITY
Wonga Wonga Vine. (Tecoma australis, R.Br.) - Antique Print from 1895

Genuine antique
dated:

1895

Description:

Scarce c.19th lithograph of the Wonga Wonga Vine by Joseph Maiden. The name is derived from the legend of the Greek goddess Pandora, because of the similarity of the seed capsules to Pandora’s Box.

Aboriginal names:  
Common names: tjuta, joolta, bloodwood
Modern binomial name: Pandorea pandorana
First described: Henry Cranke Andrews, 1800
Distribution: Australia wide

References:
Ferguson, J. A. Bibliography of Australia Volumes 1-8, Canberra 1976 12183 Bib ID 317972.

Collections:
National Library Australia: Bib ID 317972
State Library New South Wales: CALL NUMBERS DSM/Q581.991/M
State Library Victoria: RARES 581.9944 M28F
State Library South Australia: Special Collection 581.9944 M217

Joseph Henry Maiden (1859 - 1925)

Joseph Henry Maiden (1859-1925) was an important colonial botanist who made a major contribution to knowledge of the Australian flora. He studied at the University of London, but due to ill health did not complete the course. As part of his treatment he was advised to take a long sea voyage, and so in 1880 sailed for Sydney. Soon after his arrival he was appointed the first curator of the Technological Museum in Sydney, remaining there until 1896. In 1890 he was appointed consulting botanist to the Department of Agriculture and in 1894 was made Superintendent of Technical Education. In 1892 he published a Bibliography of Australian Economic Botany. In 1896, Maiden was appointed Government Botanist and Director of the Botanic Gardens, succeeding Charles Moore, who had been one of his botanical mentors. He immediately set about establishing the colony's first herbarium, as well as a museum, library and Sydney’s first playground. Maiden published numerous books on Australian botany and became the recognised authority on Acacia and Eucalyptus. Additionally he published about 45 papers, and his eight-volume A Critical Revision of the Genus Eucalyptus remained a major reference for over fifty years. Maiden was pioneering botanist and had many interests including; reducing sand erosion, promoting wattle cultivation for the tanning industry, and control (or utilisation) of prickly pear. He served as secretary of the (Royal) Geographical Society of Australasia, lectured in agricultural botany and forestry at the University of Sydne. He was an active office-bearer in the Royal and Linnean societies of New South Wales, the (Royal) Australian Historical Society, the Wattle Day League, the Horticultural Society and Horticultural Association, the Field Naturalists’ Society, the Town Planning Association of New South Wales, and the Australasian Association for the Advancement of Science. Maiden retired in 1924, and died the following year.

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