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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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  • Fruit - Randia dumetorum, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit - Randia dumetorum, India, 1880s

    Sample of Randia dumetorum fruit. 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 Govern ...

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  • Fruit - Semecarpus anacardium, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit - Semecarpus anacardium, India, 1880s

    Sample of Semecarpus anacardium fruits. 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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  • Fruit - Solanum gracilipes, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit - Solanum gracilipes, India, 1880s

    Sample of Solanum gracilipes fruit 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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  • Fruit - Terminalia bellerica, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit - Terminalia bellerica, India, 1880s

    Sample of Terminalia bellerica fruit. 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 Go ...

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  • Fruit - Terminalia bellirica, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit - Terminalia bellirica, India, 1880s

    Sample of Terminalia bellirica fruit. 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 Go ...

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  • Fruit Sample - Zizyphus jujuba, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit Sample - Zizyphus jujuba, India, 1880s

    Sample of Zizyphus jujba fruit. 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 Governme ...

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  • Fruit - Zizyphus jujuba, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit - Zizyphus jujuba, India, 1880s

    Sample of Zizyphus jujuba fruit 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 India ...

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  • Fruit - Zizyphusx ylopyra, India, 1880s Object

    Fruit - Zizyphusx ylopyra, India, 1880s

    Sample of Zizyphus xylopyra fruit 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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  • Fruits - Capsicum frutescens, India, 1880s Object

    Fruits - Capsicum frutescens, India, 1880s

    Sample of Capsicum frutescens dried peppers 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 ...

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  • Fruits - Myrica sapida, India, 1880s Object

    Fruits - Myrica sapida, India, 1880s

    Sample of Cyperus Pertenuis roots 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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