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Sir Joseph Banks Papers, 1767-1822

The State Library's Sir Joseph Banks Archive documents the early scientific and geographic explorations and political landscape of the fledgling colony of New South Wales.

The project has been made possible by sponsorship  from The McLean Foundation,  Dr Timothy Pascoe AM and Mrs Eva Pascoe and The Key Foundation.

Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820)

Practically anyone who wanted to travel to New South Wales, in almost any capacity, consulted Sir Joseph Banks. He was the one constant throughout the first 30 years of white settlement in Australia, through changes of ministers, government and policy.

Sir Joseph Banks Collection

Background to the papers including provenance, context and arrangement

Transcribe the Banks Collection

Explore our vast archive of personal papers from Sir Joseph Banks and help transcribe the collection

Joseph Banks' Endeavour Journal

Explore the the journal kept by Joseph Banks on board HMS Endeavour

Sir Joseph Banks Website Project

The Banks project aims are to enhance discovery and access to the collection and promote the research potential in this  significant archive.