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May Gibbs, Illustrator : Successful Business Woman

May Gibbs-Successful Small Business WomanIn 2012 I joined a small business mentor, Wilson Luna. He is convinced that business success is a matter of finding a niche ” an inch wide and a mile deep”. The bigger the problem it solves the more successful the business. My background is art and history. Researching May Gibbs [...]

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Sir Joseph Paxton Horticulturalist, Botanist, Architect and Engineer

Joseph Paxton (1803-1865) Joseph was born the seventh son of a Bedfordshire yeoman farmer. He became a garden boy at the age of fifteen for Sir Gregory Osborne Page-Turner at Battlesden Park in nearby Woburn. By nineteen he had created the surrounding parkland and lake. After several moves, he obtained a position in 1823 at the [...]

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Forest Flora of South Australia : John Edne Brown

Conservator of Forests: "a Man of Trees"In 1878 an interesting Scotsman arrived in Adelaide, John Edne Brown. He was to take up the post of Conservator of Forests for the Government of South Australia. He had a glowing international reputation as "a Man of Trees" when he entered this, "a slice of England [...]

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18th Century Age of Enlightenment, Industrial Revolution, Antique Prints

1788:Enlightenment, Industry, Convicts and Sydney CoveProof of Enlightenment, Invention, Science and Art in 1788…In London 1788 Alexander Hogg published 3 Volumes- The New Royal Cycolpedia,and Encyclopedia, or Complete, Modern and Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences…Modern Improvements & Latest Discoveries…” The copper plate engravings, printed in 1788, reveal a fraction of the knowledge born from [...]

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