Walter Synnot: 1820 settler and botanical artist in Clanwilliam
WALTER SYNNOT: 1820 SETTLER AND BOTANICAL ARTIST IN CLANWILLIAM
Dr Roger Ian Stewart, antiquarian
This course presents a biographical sketch of the life and voyages of Walter Synnot, a retired soldier, who led a party of Irish 1820 settlers that was sent to Clanwilliam. Synnot was one of the few who remained in the village, where he was Deputy Landdrost. An amateur botanist and a competent botanical artist, when he returned to Northern Ireland in 1825, he took with him his book of botanical paintings, as well as Cape bulbs that were introduced to Irish and English gardens. At least two of his non-botanical paintings are in South Africa. In 1836 he emigrated from Ireland to Van Diemen’s Land (Tasmania). He left his unpublished manuscript book of 176 paintings of flowers indigenous to the Clanwilliam district with his eldest son, who later also emigrated to Australia.
*This double lecture will be offered as a series of pre-recorded videos which participants may access at any time between 11 and 30 January on the Microsoft Teams platform. A Q&A channel will be available for interaction with the lecturer. Participants will be sent a link.
Rowse, D. Captain Walter Synnot and his book of Cape plants and flowers. University of Melbourne Collections, Issue 8, June 2011: pp. 26–31.