September 29, 2011

Nomen Nudum

The wombat was also given to the Literary and Philosophical Society in 1799 by Governor John Hunter of New South Wales, Australia. Joseph Banks of Captain Cook’s second voyage fame, acted as the conduit between the society and the governor. I have photographed both the Wombat specimen, on display at the Great North Museum, and the letters from Hunter and Banks, archived at the Lit and Phil Library.

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    What a cutie! The closest I’ve come to a wombat is the Australian Museum. I saw one in the wild once but it was moving...
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