Botany Bay


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Botany Bay A harbor on the east coast of Australia, and an English convict settlement there; -- so called from the number of new plants found on its shore at its discovery by Cook in 1770.Hence, any place to which desperadoes resort.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Botany Bay a famous convict settlement in New South Wales, near to what is now Sydney: convict settlements generally
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. botanē, herb, plant—bosk-ein, to feed, L. vescor, I feed myself; perh. cog. with A.S. woed.


In literature:

You are to be transported to Botany Bay for ten years, and then you will be free.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
I wish it could be banished to Botany Bay.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch Tailor in Dalkeith, written by himself" by David Macbeth Moir
Depend upon it he was sent out to Botany Bay, and run off to this country.
"The Adventures of Don Lavington" by George Manville Fenn
You've heard tell of Botany Bay.
"Marmaduke Merry" by William H. G. Kingston
Mr. Wallis had told him so many stories of the old Botany Bay days that he felt quite primed for a very ambitious book indeed.
"The Adventurous Seven" by Bessie Marchant
They confessed they were English convicts, and that they had made their escape from Botany Bay.
"Voyage of H.M.S. Pandora" by Edward Edwards
But Phillip at once recognised that Botany Bay was not a suitable place for a settlement.
"A Book of Discovery" by Margaret Bertha (M. B.) Synge
I wish it could be banished to Botany Bay.
"The Life of Mansie Wauch tailor in Dalkeith" by D. M. Moir
The great number of plants discovered by the naturalists in this part, induced Cook to give it the name of Botany Bay.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
It was said that a very large river fell into the sea south of Botany Bay, and they went out to search for its mouth.
"History of Australia and New Zealand" by Alexander Sutherland
When Captain Cook landed at Botany Bay probably there were not 500,000 natives in all Australia.
"Peeps At Many Lands: Australia" by Frank Fox
Strange that the same motion that carries a man to heaven should carry a Kangaroo to Botany Bay!
"The Mirror of Taste, and Dramatic Censor, Vol. I, No. 4, April 1810" by Various
The name of Botany Bay was given to it from the very great variety and beauty of the native flowers found on its shores.
"Trade and Travel in the Far East" by G. F. Davidson
On the voyage out to Botany Bay a conspiracy was hatched by the convicts on board to seize the ship.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
If they discover you and me, death or Botany Bay will be our destination.
"The Art of Disappearing" by John Talbot Smith
This, in all probability, is the "Calypso's Isle" of the classics, but now the less poetical "Botany Bay" of the Italians.
"In Eastern Seas" by J. J. Smith
It was Godwin's mission in life to save poets from Botany Bay; he rescued Shelley, as he had rescued Southey and Coleridge.
"Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle" by H. N. Brailsford
As England had her Botany Bay, so France had Louisiana.
"Orphans of the Storm" by Henry MacMahon
If ye could transport your tenant, Mr. Moore, to Botany Bay, ye'd happen do better.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Botany Bay, said the chart.
"The Record of Nicholas Freydon" by A. J. (Alec John) Dawson

In poetry:

But all good things must come to an end
Thanks to false Jack from Botany Bay
For she cast me aside in December
Like she cast off her woollies in May
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
Of those precious souls who for nobody care
It seems a large cargo the kingdom can spare,
o ship off a gross or two, make no delay,
They cannot too soon go to Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
He was a sailor from Botany Bay
He'd been wrecked at a night-club in Dover
He did look a wreck, he'd got two tucks in his neck
And his wishbone stuck through his pullover.
"The Infernal Triangle" by Billy Bennett
Ye chiefs who go out on this naval exploit,
The work to accomplish, and set matters right,
To Ireland be kind, call at Cork on your way,
And take some White Boys unto Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
O'er Neptune's domain, how extensive the scope,
Of quickly returning, how defiant the hope,
he Capes must be doubled, and then bear away
Three thousand good leagues to reach Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania
For a general good, make a general sweep,
Ye chiefs who go out on this naval exploit,
The beauty of life in good order to keep,
With night prowling hateful disturbers away,
And send the whole tribe unto Botany Bay.
"Botany Bay 1786" by Anonymous Oceania

In news:

The Riverside City Fire Department confined a fire at a two-story house in the 19500 block of Botany Bay Road to the garage, where it started, Battalion Chief LaWayne Hearn said.