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Historic notes inform botanical art exhibition

Tony (left) and Jim Pryce, great grandsons of botanist William Carron, with renowned artist Janet Hauser, whose impressive and important exhibition honouring the work of William Carron is on display at the Yamba Museum until Sunday September 3. Image: Chris Richards.

Chris Richards

Tony and Jim Pryce, great grandsons of pioneer botanist William Carron, joined celebrated botanical artist Janet Hauser of Iluka at the opening of her exhibition at Yamba on Saturday afternoon August 11.
The exhibition has been described by critics as historically and scientifically significant, importantly bringing to life the diary and journal of William Carron, who was one of only three survivors of the ill-fated 1849 Kennedy exploration of North Queensland.
Carron was forced to leave behind all his specimens from the trip – Ms Hauser’s beautiful and detailed images of the flora, which was the subject of his notes, were created from first-hand knowledge of the subjects that she garnered from a trip undertaken with her husband, Snow, during which they retraced the footsteps of the expedition.
Botanists, scientists, researchers, historians and lovers of things Australian have much to gain from a study of Ms Hauser’s lifelike portrayals.
At the opening, which was attended by more than 100 people, Tony Pryce outlined the life and achievements of his great grandfather, William Carron, who had an extensive association with the Clarence Valley.
He read passages from the original expedition diary/journal of the noted explorer/botanist.
The exhibition is open to the public at the Yamba Museum until Sunday September 3.