Issue date: 14 January 2020
The earliest examples of botanical art from Norfolk Island are from the late 18th century. A body of works is attributed to convict John Doody, who arrived in the colony of New South Wales in 1791 with the Third Fleet, before relocating to Norfolk Island as a servant to Captain William Paterson. It is believed that Doody is responsible for a wonderful collection of watercolour, ink and pencil works of around 50 flora species, which are held in the collection of the State Library of New South Wales. It is thought that the illustrations were possibly made for Paterson, who was in correspondence with British botanist Joseph Banks with regards to the natural history of Norfolk Island.