''The Lost Garden of Recherche Bay: First Contact Plantings in Tasmania, Painting as Archival Countersign'
UNLIKELY JOURNAL FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS | LATROBE UNIVERSITY, THE UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE, VICTORIAN COLLEGE OF THE ARTS | Published : 2018
In pre-colonial, remote Van Diemen's Land, a French expedition planted a garden. Ship's gardener Felix Delahaye records for posterity that: I had large quantities sewn everywhere in the woods, in the more open spaces and where the soil was more friable. It was not possible to sow any more in the soil[,] which is very difficult to cultivate, and in the season which did not allow it. I sowed mixed seeds everywhere thrown at random, where I believed they could succeed. (Duyker, M. 36) That garden, located at the bottom of the known world, remains a romanticised site of eighteenth century knowledge discourse. In any case, the pre-settlement gardens sewn by French and English expeditions at Adven..View full abstract