Guide to the Address of Sir Everard Home, 1st Baronet Home (as filmed by the AJCP)



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Created: 2019

Collection Summary

Home, Everard, Sir
Address of Sir Everard Home, 1st Baronet Home (as filmed by the AJCP)
Date Range
1822 - 1825
Collection Number
1 item
Language of Materials
Australian Joint Copying Project
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Scope and Contents

The Hunterian Oration in Honour of Surgery … Delivered in the Theatre of the Royal College of Surgeons in London. February 14, 1822 by Sir Everard Home (36 p.), London (1822). The subject of the oration was Sir Joseph Banks. A page of typescript notes 'collected in conversation with Sir Everard Home' 10 October 1825 identifies certain events and people referred to in the oration.

Conditions Governing Access

Available for Access.

Conditions Governing Use

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Preferred Citation

Acknowledgement of use of this material should refer to the location of the original material and to the Australian Joint Copying Project.

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M Series: Journal of Capt. James Cook, 18 February-23 September 1770, British Library Add. MS 27885 (AJCP ref:

Archival History

Filmed at the Royal College of Surgeons, London, as part of the Australian Joint Copying Project, 1951(?) (AJCP Reel: M604). Original microfilm digitised as part of the NLA AJCP Online Delivery Project, 2017-2020.

Existence and Location of Originals

Royal College of Surgeons of England, London.

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Existence and Location of Copies

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Finding Aid Note

This finding aid is a revised online version of the original finding aid prepared by the Australian Joint Copying Project (AJCP), published by the National Library of Australia in 2019. The original AJCP finding aids were unpublished typescripts or photocopies available from libraries that held copies of the original microfilm.

Dates used in this finding aid refer to the date range of the records selected for filming rather than to the date range of the Series or Files.


Australia; Banks, Sir Joseph; Cook, Captain James; Great Britain; Home, Sir Everard, 1st Baronet; Pacific voyages; Royal College of Surgeons; Surgeons; Tahiti;


Originally cited in Australian Joint Copying Project Handbook. Part 8: Miscellaneous (M) Series. Third Edition, published 1998. Entry 232, p. 86

Biographical / Historical

Surgeon and lecturer in anatomy. Surgeon at St George's Hospital 1793-1827 and Chelsea Hospital 1821-1832. First President of Royal College of Surgeons 1821 and Keeper of Hunterian Collection.

Sir Everard Home (1756-1832), 1st Baronet, was born at Hull, Yorkshire, the son of a former army surgeon. After attending Westminster School, he became a pupil of his brother-in-law, the eminent surgeon John Hunter, at St George's Hospital, London. He qualified as a surgeon in 1778, was a staff surgeon in the Army for a few years, and then re-joined Hunter as his assistant in teaching, research and clinical practice. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1787. Following Hunter's death in 1793, Home became surgeon at St George's Hospital, a position that he held until 1827.

In 1799 the Government purchased Hunter's collection of anatomical and pathological specimens and it was presented to the College of Surgeons. When the Hunterian Museum opened in Lincoln's Inn Fields 1806, Home was appointed chief curator. He gave the first Hunterian Oration in 1814 and again in 1822. Many of Home's books and papers, generally published in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, were based heavily on Hunter's unpublished writings.

Home was appointed Professor of Anatomy and Surgery at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1814 and he was president of the College in 1821-1822. He became surgeon to the Royal Chelsea Hospital in 1821. He was a friend of the Prince Regent, who made him a baronet in 1813.

Home's son, Sir James Everard Home (1793-1853) joined the Royal Navy in 1810. He became a captain in 1837. In 1850 he was given command of HMS Calliope, thereby becoming the senior officer on the Australian Station. He died following an accident and was buried in Sydney.

Item Descriptions

Address of Sir Everard Home, 1st Baronet Home, 1822 - 1825 (File)

The Hunterian Oration in honour of surgery … instituted in honour of John Hunter, delivered in the theatre of the Royal College of Surgeons in London by Sir Everard Home, London, 1822. (printed, 36pp)

The subject of Home's oration was Sir Joseph Banks (1743-1820), the President of the Royal Society from 1778 to 1820. The oration refers to Banks's early life, the origins of his interest in natural history, his time at Oxford University, James Cook's voyage to the Pacific, incidents at Tahiti and the Great Barrier Reef not recorded in the published voyage, Banks's withdrawal from Cook's second voyage, his abandonment of hopes of being an author following the death of Daniel Solander, his interest in the Royal College of Surgeons, and his public services. Home called Banks 'the greatest patron of science in Europe'.

A one page typescript accompanying the oration is based on notes collected by the Oxford astronomer Stephen P. Rigaud in conversation with Everard Home on 10 October 1825. The original notes are in volume 45 of the Rigaud Papers in the Bodleian Library (MS 26245). In one of his references to the Oration, Home apparently claimed that in 1772 he had planned to accompany Banks on Cook's second voyage to the Pacific. Following a major disagreement between Cook and Banks concerning the fitting out of HMS Resolution, the latter withdrew from the expedition.