Joseph Maiden and the national and transnational circulation of Wattle Acacia spp

Frawley, Jodi (2010) Joseph Maiden and the national and transnational circulation of Wattle Acacia spp. Historical Records of Australian Science, 21(1), pp. 35-54.

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Abstract

During the nineteenth century and in the early years of the twentieth century wattle was circulated by botanists, botanical institutions, interested individuals, commercial seedsmen and government authorities. Wattle bark was used in the production of leather and was the subject of debate regarding its commercial development and conservation in Australia. It was also trialled in many other locations including America, New Zealand, Hawaii and Russia. In the process, South Africa became a major producer of wattle bark for a global market. At the same time wattle was also promoted as a symbol of Australian nationalism. This paper considers this movement of wattles, wattle material and wattle information by examining the career of one active agent in these botanical transfers: Joseph Maiden. In doing so it demonstrates that these seemingly different uses of the wattle overlap transnational and national spheres.

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ID Code: 67019
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Environmental history, Wattle, Sydney Botanic Gardens, Joseph Maiden, South Africa
DOI: 10.1071/HR09015#sthash.vYEEGE4T.dpuf
ISSN: 0727-3061
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Copyright Owner: © Australian Academy of Science 2010
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2014 00:59
Last Modified: 11 Apr 2014 02:28

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