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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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  • Bark Sample - Cassia auriculata, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Cassia auriculata, India, 1880s

    Sample of Cassia auriculata bark 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 Indi ...

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  • Bark Sample - Cassia fistula, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Cassia fistula, India, 1880s

    Sample of Cassia fistula bark. 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 Governmen ...

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  • Bark Sample - Cinchona ledgeriana, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Cinchona ledgeriana, India, 1880s

    Sample of Cinchona ledgeriana bark 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 In ...

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  • Bark Sample - Cinchona succirubra, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Cinchona succirubra, India, 1880s

    Sample of Cinchona succirubra (Rubiaceae) bark. 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 ...

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  • Bark Sample - Cordia rothii, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Cordia rothii, India, 1880s

    Sample of Cordia rothii bark. 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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  • Bark Sample - Ficus glomerata, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Ficus glomerata, India, 1880s

    Sample of Ficus Glomerata bark 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 Indian ...

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  • Bark Sample - Ficus religiosa, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Ficus religiosa, India, 1880s

    Sample of Ficus religiosa bark 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 Indian ...

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  • Bark Sample - Holarrhena antidysenterica, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Holarrhena antidysenterica, India, 1880s

    Sample of Holarrhena antidysenterica bark. 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 Indi ...

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  • Bark Sample - Michelia champaca, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Michelia champaca, India, 1880s

    Sample of Michelia champaca bark 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 Indi ...

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  • Bark Sample - Nerium odorum, India, 1880s Object

    Bark Sample - Nerium odorum, India, 1880s

    Sample of Nerium odorum bark 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 Indian G ...

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