Botanists honoured in Manapouri

Georg Forster. Photo: Wikipedia
Georg Forster. Photo: Wikipedia

A plaque was a due to be unveiled in Fiordland yesterday to commemorate the work of a Polish father and son who first recorded a number of plants and bird species in New Zealand.

Southland District Council staff have been working with the Polish embassy in Wellington on a plaque to be placed at Pearl Harbour, in Manapouri, commemorating the botanical discoveries of scientists Johann and Georg Forster, who were on Captain James Cook’s second southern expedition.

It is 245 years since Cook’s expedition ships HMS Resolution and Adventure set sail from Plymouth Sound in 1772.

The Forsters discovered 119 plants and 38 bird species in the South Island. 

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