BANKS’ CON­QUEST

Australian Geographic - - Your Say -

I’ve just read the in­ter­est­ing ar­ti­cle on Sir Joseph Banks and his Flo­ri­legium

(AG 145).The use of the word “con­quest” on page 59 is in­ter­est­ing. The word, to my mind, con­jures up such events as the Ro­man army ar­riv­ing on the shores of Bri­tain, sub­se­quently de­feat­ing the Bri­tons in bat­tle and then con­quer­ing most of the is­land; and Wil­liam the Con­queror also ar­riv­ing on the shores of Bri­tain with his army, sub­se­quently de­feat­ing the Saxon army and then con­quer­ing most of the is­land – quite a dif­fer­ent sce­nario from the con­quest of Aus­tralia. In­ci­den­tally, I won­der if the Ital­ian gov­ern­ment has apol­o­gised for their in­va­sion, or if the French gov­ern­ment sim­i­larly has apol­o­gised. KEN COWAN, BILOELA, QLD

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