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'Curious Minds: The Discoveries of Australian Naturalists' looks at the long line of naturalists who have traversed Australia in search of new plants and animals. Identifying and classifying the unfamiliar plants and animals was their biggest challenge - the early ones were frequently wrong but later naturalists were able to build on and learn from previous mistakes. In time, a new breed of homegrown naturalists emerged. This succession of curious minds would help to foster pride in a developing nation, as well an interest in the preservation of natural history.
'Curious Minds' brings to life the stories of the naturalists and settlers who made the unfamiliar familiar and who contributed to developments in natural science. Among the names are Joseph Banks, Charles Darwin, Amalie Dietrich, Ludwig Leichhardt, Ferdinand von Mueller, Ellis Rowan, John Lewin and John and Elizabeth Gould. Beautifully illustrated with images from the collection of the National Library of Australia, the publication is a loving tribute to the courageous and inquisitive men and women who led by example.
Award-winning Peter Macinnis is the author of numerous books, including NLA Publishing's 'Australian Backyard Explorer' and 'Australian Backyard Naturalist'.
Macinnis makes his text even more attractive than the splendid illustrations. No rehash of familiar school reader stories, this collection of well-researched and thoughtfully selected essays is a real mind-expander.
Peter Macinnis has written a wonderfully informative, entertaining and affectionate historical account of the adventurers and naturalists who documented our country’s unique and sometimes bizarre flora and fauna. There’s something of a boy’s own adventure in the way Macinnis portrays the historical figures, artists and botanists of the period, but there’s also plenty of well-researched historical clout to back up such playfulness.