The Amazing Case of Doctor Ward and Other Stories
When you spread your picnic rug under the golden elm in the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, do you ever ask the question: how did this and other exotic plants come to be in Australia? Storyteller, Jackie Kerin and musician, Sarah Depasquale, believe that it’s quite possible that the answer lies in a simple invention built in London in 1833. Join them as they take us back in time with The Amazing Case of Dr Ward and Other Stories to meet a curious fellow who created an invention that changed the world!
The Amazing Case of Dr Ward and Other Stories is forty-five minutes of pure storytelling and musical magic for the whole family from the local duo who also created Tales from the Flyway celebrating the miracle of shore bird migration from Hobsons Bay to the Arctic tundra. A not to be missed performance!
The background –
Aware of the difficulties of transporting live botanical specimens aboard ships, Dr Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward concluded that plants needed to be sealed in transparent cases, protected from salt spray, rats and clumsy sailors. The Wardian case (as it became known) revolutionized the transportation of plants and sparked the terrarium craze.
In working on this set of stories, dedicated to the Williamstown Botanic Gardens, Jackie and Sarah found enthusiasm for the project to be infectious. The Hobsons Bay Men’s Shed built them a replica Wardian case, Loraine Callow has created illustrations, editor Nan McNab and Dr Luke Keogh have advised.
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