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Members and their guests, and the general public, are welcome to attend the next Meeting of the Linnean Society of New South Wales, to be held in the Charles Moore Room in the Anderson Building, in the Royal Botanic Gardens (entrance off Mrs Macquarie’s Road just down towards the Harbour from the Art Gallery of NSW) on Wednesday March 22, 2023.

Light refreshments will be available from 5.30 pm, prior to the Meeting which commences at 6 pm.

The 148th Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held first, taking approximately 15 minutes. As required by the current Rules and By-Laws of the Society, Notice of the Annual General Meeting was circulated to all Members of the Society in December, 2022.

The Annual General Meeting will be followed immediately by a Special General Meeting to consider changes to the Rules and By-Laws of the Society.


Motions to be put to the Special General Meeting are as follows:

  1. That the current Rules of the Linnean Society of NSW be replaced by new Rules as exhibited on the website of the Society for 7 days prior to the Special General Meeting;
  2. That the current By-Laws of the Linnean Society of NSW be replaced by new By-Laws as exhibited on the website of the Society for 7 days prior to the Special General Meeting.

The draft Rules and draft By-Laws referred to in the Notice of Motions (above) are available below.

Draft Rules

 Draft By-Laws 

The changes to the Rules are necessary for the Society to comply with the requirements of the Australian Charities and No-for-profits Commission (ACNC) in order for the Society to maintain the tax-deductible status of donations to its Scientific Research Funds. Updating of the By-Laws (last revised in 2004) is necessary to (a) reflect technological advances since then that facilitate meetings, communications and financial dealings of the Society, and (b) to ensure consistency between the By-Laws and the Draft Rules of the Society.

The Draft Rules and By-Laws are available on the Society’s webpage (lowermost button on the right of the home page) and have been emailed to all Members of the Society who have selected this means of communication.

The Special General Meeting will be followed immediately the Presidential Address, to be given by the retiring President Dr Ian Percival, a summary of which follows:


The UNESCO Global Geoparks Network, established in 2004 by amalgamation of the 17 European and 8 Chinese geoparks in existence at that time (but without formal connection to UNESCO), has now grown to 177 geoparks in 46 countries, with more candidates embarking on the process to achieve formal recognition. A UNESCO Global Geopark must demonstrate geological heritage of international significance as the basis of its recognition. However, the purpose of a UNESCO Global Geopark is also to demonstrate and develop linkages between that geological heritage and all other aspects of the area’s natural, cultural, and intangible heritages. It is self-evident to observers of the natural environment that geology underpins botany, zoology, and microbiology. As humans depend on and are influenced by all these factors in where they live, how they work, and in how they relate to their surroundings, the concept of a geopark is one that celebrates natural diversity influencing cultural variations globally.

A Geopark may include geological heritage on scales ranging from World Heritage sites down to individual geosites and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Often these are linked by a common theme, such as a volcanic landscape, or a spectacularly eroded geomorphological setting. A few examples from around the world that I have visited will be shown to illustrate the variety of features in Geoparks.

But strangely, many very well-known natural attractions around the world that would make ideal geoparks are not part of the global network. For example, there are no Geoparks in the USA, and presently none are recognized in Australia. Why is this so? And what is being done to remedy this?


Field Guide to the Royal National Park

The Linnean Society of NSW is pleased to offer this up-to-date and comprehensive 176 page guide, profusely illustrated in colour, to the natural history of the Royal National Park: its geology and geomorphology; plants and vegetation; mammals, birds, frogs and reptiles; insects, spiders and non-marine molluscs.

Limited stock $18 + post & pack $6

Official Guide to the National Park of NSW

This beautiful 128 page hardcover facsimile edition of the 1902 Official Guide to the National Park of New South Wales is complete with original map and 23 plates. The fascinating text describes the history and the beauties of the park through the eyes of the author more than 110 years ago.

This is a limited print run so don’t miss out.

$4 + $6 postage (within Australia)

Click here to download an order form. 



Bennelong Revealed is a six-part podcast series about the life of Woollarawarre Bennelong. This series revisits the story Bennelong through the lens of Indigenous oral culture and leading historians who have written about and analysised the colonial history.

Woollarawarre Bennelong’s (1764 – 1813 – Wangal Tribe ) enigmatic life has at its heart, a story of origin and truth-telling. An individual embedded within ancestral traditional Lore, fated to play a key role amidst his Kin and those of the first British fleet. Bennelong’s story is layered and complex narrative, offering us all the opportunity to reflect upon his legacy between two cultures, colliding within the pristine surroundings of (Warrane) Sydney Cove.

Professor Kate Fullagar said “Meeting this group who are so committed to renovating the public memory of Bennelong has been a joy, especially learning from Pauline about Indigenous memories and dreams about this great man’s life”

The podcast consist of a Introduction, Early Life, Contact with the Colony, Impact,
Voyage to London, New Tribe – Kissing Point. You will hear from Associate Professor Pauline Clague, Dr. Keith Vincent Smith, Dr. Peter Mitchell, and Professor Kate Fullagar, all people with particular knowledge of Bennelong and his times.

Dr Peter Mitchell – “In the year of the voice these podcasts have been an exercise in truth telling from an imperfect record. We hope they will challenge views and encourage listeners to consider the referendum seriously”

Assoc Professor Pauline Clague – “We recorded just before the first lock-down in early 2020, it was orginally going to be one radio show, but with the wealth of knowledge and the importance of being able to sit and engage with the two histories of written and oral on a level playing field was so rewarding, we knew it was something bigger.”

Dr Keith Vincent Smith sadly passed away late in 2022 and we dedicate this series to his passion for the history of Sydney Cove and the people.

Supported by 2SER, Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research @ UTS, and Institute for Humanities and Social Sciences @ ACU and the Australian Research Council Linkage Grant LP160101439: “Facing New Worlds: Comparative Histories of Australasia and North America, 1750-1850”

Click here to download the Bennelong Revealed Media Release