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First Fleet Artist

George Raper's Birds and Plants of Australia

written by Linda Groom

National Library of Australia | ISBN 9780642276810

Hardback – 156 pages

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In George Raper, midshipman on the Sirius of the First Fleet, talent and opportunity magnificently coalesced to produce what is now one of the National Library of Australias most treasured collections, the Ducie Collection of First Fleet Art. Rapers enviable ability to observe and depict the captivating beauty of Australian birds and plants was heightened by his youthful enthusiasm for the novelty of what he witnessed. In telling Rapers story, Groom adds an entirely new dimension to our understanding of the First Fleet experience and the life of a junior officer in the British Navy.

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