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T.N. Mukharji Collection

Mukharji Collection

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Source: Museum Victoria

The T.N Mukharji Collection sits within the broader Economic Botany Collection and consists of some 1000 samples of medicinal products, food substances, dyeing materials, fibres, minerals and oily substances. The collection was donated to the National Museum of Victoria in 1887 and was collected and prepared prior to this by the Bengali civil servant Trilokya Nath Mukharji (Trailokyanath Mukherjee 1847-1919). Murkharji was employed as an exhibition official and collector for the Indian Courts in Colonial exhibitions for the British Raj (1883 Amsterdam Exhibition, 1886 Colonial and Indian Exhibition and the 1888 Glasgow International Exhibition). He also produced a memoir of his time at the Indian and Colonial Exhibition in London in 1889 entitled, A Visit to Europe. Mukharji was also the assistant curator in the Art and Economics Section of the Indian Museum. Written labels on the bottles of several specimens state that the samples of raw materials categorised as medicinal products, food substances, dyeing materials, fibres, minerals and oily substances were displayed in the 1888 Centennial International Exhibition at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building. The economic botany specimens acquired by Museum Victoria feature prominently in Mukharji's 1883 Hand-Book of Indian Products, making the publication a significant source for interpreting the collection. For each product he gives the botanical and English common name, followed by its Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu and/or Burmese names, and a brief description of its use.

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  • Seed Sample - Sweet Melon, Cucumis melo, India, 1880s Object

    Seed Sample - Sweet Melon, Cucumis melo, India, 1880s

    Sample of Cucumis Melo var. 'Sweet Melon' seeds in a jar. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Mus ...

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  • Seeds - Datura fastuosa, India, 1880s Object

    Seeds - Datura fastuosa, India, 1880s

    Sample of Datura fastuosa (Solanaceae) seeds. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by the I ...

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  • Seeds - Eruca sativa, India, 1880s Object

    Seeds - Eruca sativa, India, 1880s

    Sample of Eruca sativa seeds. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by the Indian Government ...

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  • Seeds - Foeniculum vulgare, India, 1880s Object

    Seeds - Foeniculum vulgare, India, 1880s

    Sample of Foeniculum vulgare (Fennel) seeds. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by the In ...

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  • Seed Sample - Gossypium herbaceum, India, 1880s Object

    Seed Sample - Gossypium herbaceum, India, 1880s

    Sample of Gossypium herbaceum seeds in a jar. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by the I ...

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  • Seed Sample - Guizotia abyssinica, India, 1880s Object

    Seed Sample - Guizotia abyssinica, India, 1880s

    Sample of Guizotia abyssinica seeds (Rantil-oil seeds). This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museu ...

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  • Seed Sample - Guizotia abyssinica, India, 1880s Object

    Seed Sample - Guizotia abyssinica, India, 1880s

    Sample of Guizotia abyssinica seeds (Rantil-oil seeds). This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museu ...

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  • Seed Sample - Ipomoea hederacea, India, 1880s Object

    Seed Sample - Ipomoea hederacea, India, 1880s

    Sample of Ipomoea hederacea seeds in a jar. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by the Ind ...

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  • Seeds - Jatropha curcas, India, 1880s Object

    Seeds - Jatropha curcas, India, 1880s

    Sample of Jatropha curcas (Euphorbiaceae) seeds. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Museum by th ...

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  • Seeds - Horseradish Tree, Moringa pterygosperma, India, 1880s Object

    Seeds - Horseradish Tree, Moringa pterygosperma, India, 1880s

    Sample of Moringa pterygosperma (Horseradish Tree) seeds. This was collected and prepared by T.N.Mukharji as part of his work for the Indian Botanical Gardens. It was donated to the Mus ...

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