Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Why "The Gardens?"

This is a picture of Lady Jane Franklin, hosted on the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria website. She was the wife of the 1840's Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (as Tasmania was then known), Sir John Franklin, and an amazing woman. She was an explorer, established a private botanic garden but was perhaps slightly unimaginative as far as names go.

Apparently, she named The Gardens because of the abundance of flowers in the area. That's certainly an accurate observation even if, as I mentioned, slightly unimaginative. Unfortunately it's all downhill from there ... nearby Swimcart Creek, was named that because it was flowing strongly, and they had to swim the cart across the creek. She also named Big Lagoon - because it's, well, big!

Still she had plenty of company, when it comes to being unimaginative ... Captain James Cook named Thursday Island. Guess which day of the week they landed on it?

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