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Some of Kew's female staff, 1942 Featured History Image

Some of Kew's female staff, 1942

Some of Kew's female staff are shown here in 1942. Back row (l to r) Jessie F Pedgrift, Violet M Clark, Jean E Sharps, Freda Mundy. Middle row (l-r) Olive Horder, Minnie May Hill, Kathleen D Cornford, Diana A Hutchinson, Netta Shallcross, Else M Jensen, Jean M Thompson, Eileen Fergusson Kelly. Front row (l-r) Constance O Bell, Myrtle V Speake, Brenda C Watts, Eileen Plummer, Betty Cooper, Barbara M Tarver, E Victoria Paine, Mary A Canning, Eunice B King

© RBG KEW

636. The Volcanoes of Merapi and Marbaboe, Java, from the top of Boro Bodoer Featured History Image

636. The Volcanoes of Merapi and Marbaboe, Java, from the top of Boro Bodoer

The rich plain at their feet covered with morning mist; the tops of the Cocoanut groves alone showing above it, and indicating the position of the numerous native villages. In the foreground are some of the 400 life-size statues of Buddha, amidst their shattered dagobas, which adorn the wonderful pyramid and its seven steps or terraces. They contain the whole history of the holy man, illustrated in the finest bas-relief, and if stretched out would measure three miles in length. The building was commenced apparently in the fifth or sixth century, and may have been in progress 200 years before it was completed

© RBG KEW

Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883 Featured History Image

Marianne North at her easel, circa 1883

Photograph of Marianne North (1830-1890), botanical artist, pictured here in Grahamstown, South Africa circa 1883.
Marianne North generally travelled unaccompanied, an extraordinary feat for a Victorian lady, only occasionally using letters of introduction to enable her to stay with the associates of those she met on her travels. Between 1871 and 1879, she visited Canada, the United States, Jamaica, Brazil, Japan, Sarawak, Singapore, Java, Sri Lanka and India. In 1880, Marianne met Charles Darwin, whom she regarded as 'the greatest man living, the most truthful as well as the most unselfish and modest'. On his suggestions, she set off on a further voyage, this time encompassing Australia and New Zealand. In 1882 she visited Africa, the final continent left unrepresented in her work

© The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew