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19/06/1820 English naturalist Joseph Banks dies

Sir Joseph Banks was an English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences. He made his name on the 1766 natural history expedition to Newfoundland and Labrador. Soon after, he took part in Captain James Cook's first great voyage, visiting Brazil, Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia. He was President of the Royal Society for over 41 years and advised King George III on the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, making it the world's leading botanical gardens.

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