The Linnean Society of NSW

The Linnean Society of NSW

… promotes ‘the Cultivation and Study of the Science of Natural History in all its Branches’. It is one of Australia’s oldest, and among its leading scientific societies. Click here to read more…

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Because we are receiving very little income from our investments due to the low interest rates we urgently need Bequests and Donations for our Research Funds (these are Tax Deductible) –


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)

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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