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History Collection (#5)

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Background imageHistory Collection: Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923

Kewites and wives Kampala, Uganda, 1923
This group photograph of " Kewites and wives" was taken in Kampala, Uganda, in 1923. Second from the right: John Davenport Snowden, with his wife, centre

Background imageHistory Collection: Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911

Henry Ridley and houseboat, Kuala Tembeling, Malaysia, 1911
Henry Ridley standing by a houseboat at Kuala Tembeling in Malaysia, 1911. He travelled extensively in the Malay peninsula while director of the Singapore Botanic gardens

Background imageHistory Collection: John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916

John Davenport Snowden and wife, Uganda 1916
John Davenport Snowden, botanical explorer and plant collector, with his wife, standing outside their tent at a camp near Kampala, Uganda, in 1916

Background imageHistory Collection: Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910

Ringing the work bell, India circa 1910
Bell tolled to summon staff to work, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Indian Botanic Garden, Kolkata, India, circa 1910. The bell is being rung by a Nepali durwan (doorman)

Background imageHistory Collection: House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia

House of Walter Haydon, curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia
House of Walter Haydon, appointed curator of the botanic station at Kotu in Gambia in 1894. The house was built for him on site so that he could always command a view of all the ground under

Background imageHistory Collection: Japanese hemp production circa 1910

Japanese hemp production circa 1910. This image came to Kew from the Japan-British exhibition of 1910, which was held to encourage Japanese-British relations

Background imageHistory Collection: Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880 s

Preparing cinnamon, Sri Lanka, 1880 s. The cinnamon is contained in the inner bark of the tree. Once the shoots have been harvested the outer bark is peeled off by rubbing with a brass rod or blunt

Background imageHistory Collection: Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899

Drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899
Workers drying coffee in the Straits Settlements, Southeast Asia, 1899. Once harvested, the coffee " cherries" were sorted

Background imageHistory Collection: Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880 s

Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri lanka, 1880 s
Preparing cinnamon quills for drying, Sri Lanka, 1880 s. Once the inner bark has been cleaned, the quills are placed one inside another to form quills 1metre long, which are then dried on racks

Background imageHistory Collection: Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899

Coffee harvest at Batu Cave Estate, Singapore, 1899

Background imageHistory Collection: Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer

Directors House and Garden, Kew. Sir William Turner Thiselton-Dyer and Harriet Anne Thiselton-Dyer (Nee Hoche). He became Assistant Director of Kew in 1875

Background imageHistory Collection: Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet, 1908

Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet, 1908
Tachienlu (now Kanding), West Sichuan, China : Men laden with Brick tea for Tibet. One mans load weighs 317 lbs, the others 298 lbs

Background imageHistory Collection: Drying or withering tea leaves

Drying or withering tea leaves
Drying out the tea leaves, known as withering. Approx. 80% of moisture needs to be removed from freshly picked leaves to preserve them and enhance the teas flavour

Background imageHistory Collection: Packing tea in India

Packing tea in India for export to the west

Background imageHistory Collection: Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India

Bringing in the plucked tea leaves in India. Workers with baskets of tea leaves ready to be processed for export

Background imageHistory Collection: Tea plantation, Far East

Tea plantation, Far East
Terraces of a tea plantation in the Far East, showing Camellia sinensis var sinensis, used to produce Chinese and green tea. Women harvest the tea leaves, a process known as " plucking"

Background imageHistory Collection: The Palm House, Kew Gardens

The Palm House, Kew Gardens
A visitor sits reading inside the Palm House, Kew Gardens. The Palm House was opened in 1848. Decimus Burton was the architect and Richard Turner as engineer provided the ironwork

Background imageHistory Collection: Harvesting tea leaves, India

Harvesting tea leaves, India
Harvesting tea leaves, often known as plucking, India. The leaves need to be picked selectively to maintain the quality of the tea and could not be held in the hand long

Background imageHistory Collection: Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India

Lalbagh Botanic Gardens, Bangalore, India were established in 1760 by Hyder Ali. Once they came under state control in 1856

Background imageHistory Collection: Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930)

Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) Ernest Henry " Chinese" Wilson, better known as E. H. Wilson, was a notable English plant collector who introduced a large range of about 2000 of Asian plant

Background imageHistory Collection: Adrien Rene Franchet - 1834-1900

Adrien Rene Franchet - 1834-1900
Portrait of Adrien Franchet, Bull.Soc.Bot.France (1900), French botanist, based at the Paris Museum national d Histoire Naturelle

Background imageHistory Collection: Pere Armand David - 1826-1900

Pere Armand David - 1826-1900
Pere Armand David (1826-1900) Lazarist missionary Catholic priest, zoologist and botanist

Background imageHistory Collection: Emile Bretschneider M. D. 1833-1901 - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883

Emile Bretschneider M. D. 1833-1901 - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883
Emile Vasilievic Bretschneider M.D. - Physician of the Mission Legation, Peking - St Petersburg Nov 15 1883. Emil Bretschneider (1833-1901) physician, botanist and sinologist

Background imageHistory Collection: D. Oliver, Otto Stapf, W. Botting Hemsley, J. G. Baker

D. Oliver, Otto Stapf, W. Botting Hemsley, J. G. Baker. The first four Keepers of the Herbarium, RBG Kew, photographed in 1916

Background imageHistory Collection: Victor Lemoine c. 1899

Victor Lemoine c. 1899
Victor Lemoine 1823 - 1911 c.1899. Portrait of Victor Lemoine Revue Horticole (1912). Victor Lemoine was a French hybridist plant breeder and nurseryman

Background imageHistory Collection: Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922

Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922
Ernest Henry Wilson (1876-1930) May15th 1922 - Ernest Henry " Chinese" Wilson, better known as E. H. Wilson, was a notable English plant collector who introduced a large range of about 2000

Background imageHistory Collection: W. Botting Hemsley

W. Botting Hemsley, 29 Dec 1843 - Oct 7 1924 - (1893) botanist

Background imageHistory Collection: Joseph Rock 1884-1962

Joseph Rock 1884-1962
Joseph Rock (1884-1962) China Explorer pictured in Honolulu

Background imageHistory Collection: Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922

Ernest Henry Wilson - May15th 1922
Ernest Henry Wilson - 1876-1930 - May15th 1922 - Ernest Henry " Chinese" Wilson, better known as E. H. Wilson, was a notable English plant collector who introduced a large range of about

Background imageHistory Collection: Joseph Rock and Elizabeth McClintock

Joseph Rock and Elizabeth McClintock
Joseph Rock 1884-1962 - China Explorer aged 78 in Honolulu - with Elizabeth McClintock. Joseph Francis Charles Rock (1884, ?? 1962) was an Austrian-American explorer, geographer, linguist and botanist

Background imageHistory Collection: Henry Fletcher Hance

Henry Fletcher Hance
Dr. Henry Fletcher Hance - (1827-1886 ) photographed in 1867, botanist and diplomat who worked in Hong Kong, Whampoa and Canton, China, on diplomatic roles

Background imageHistory Collection: Ernest Henry Wilson

Ernest Henry Wilson - Gardners Chronicle p.114 - Feb 25 1905 - Ernest Henry " Chinese" Wilson, better known as E. H

Background imageHistory Collection: Maurice de Vilmorin

Maurice de Vilmorin
Portrait of Maurice de Vilmorin (1849-1918) French seed producer

Background imageHistory Collection: Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum

Pioneers Cabin at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum
" Pioneers Cabin" at the base of a Sequoiadendron giganteum, California, USA. Joseph Hooker purchased this photograph, probably during his expedition to the United States (circa 1877)

Background imageHistory Collection: Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate

Cultivation of Cinchona succirubra trees on the Madulsima Cinchona Cos estate, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1882. The plants pictured are 8 -10 years old

Background imageHistory Collection: Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41

Arthur Hill, Director of Kew 1922-41. A keen horseman, Arthur Hill used to take a ride every morning but unfortunately met his death in 1941 when he fell from a horse on the Mid Surrey Golf Course

Background imageHistory Collection: Richard Spruce

Richard Spruce (1817-1893) botanist, explorer, plant collector

Background imageHistory Collection: Alexander Wollaston

Alexander Wollaston, doctor, explorer and naturalist. photograph from an album illustrating the zoological and botanical expedition Wollaston led to the Snow Mountains of Dutch New Guinea 1912-1913

Background imageHistory Collection: C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens

C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown
C W Anderson with Cannonball tree, Couroupita guianensis, photographed at the Botanical Gardens, Georgetown, Guyana (then British Guiana), early 20th century

Background imageHistory Collection: Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker

Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker, Director of Kew Gardens, London, 1865. Sir Joseph Dalton Hooker OM GCSI CB FRS (1817 - 1911) was one of the greatest British botanists and explorers of the 19th century

Background imageHistory Collection: J. A. Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940 s

J. A. Simon, gardener at Kew in the 1940 s, had been a farmer in Alderney, the Channel Islands, before fleeing the German occupation in World War II

Background imageHistory Collection: Sir William Hooker

Sir William Hooker (1785-1865). Botanist, illustrator and the first public Director of Kew Gardens 1841. He also held the post of Regius Professor of Botany in Glasgow in 1820

Background imageHistory Collection: Some of Kews female staff, 1942

Some of Kews female staff, 1942
Some of Kews female staff are shown here in 1942. Back row (l to r) Jessie F Pedgrift, Violet M Clark, Jean E Sharps, Freda Mundy

Background imageHistory Collection: Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II

Female gardener, RBG Kew, World War II
Preparing terracotta pots for planting. Women gardeners were employed at Kew during World War II, after an interval of nearly a quarter of a century

Background imageHistory Collection: Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron

Portrait of Charles Darwin, 1868, by Julia Margaret Cameron. The photograph is signed by Darwin with the inscription " I like this photograph very much better than any other which has been

Background imageHistory Collection: Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923

Miss Cotton posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Kew Gardens, 1923
" Miss Cotton" posing on the leaf of giant waterlily Victoria amazonica, Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, 1923. It is likely that she was the daughter of Arthur Cotton

Background imageHistory Collection: Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939

Women Gardeners (drinking tea) 1939
Women Gardeners (drinking tea), RBG Kew, 1939. A tea break was only instigated at Kew after Minnie Hill made a personal appeal to the director, Sir Arthur Hill

Background imageHistory Collection: Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945

Women gardeners at Kew, 1939-1945
Female gardener in springtime, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, WWII (1939-1945)




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