Wallace at The Dell

A campaign to preserve the memory of Wallace and his ownership of The Dell as part of Thurrock’s heritage.

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In the steps of Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace had a keen interest in butterflies. He discovered many species, previously unknown to European naturalists. The statue of Wallace at the Natural History Museum shows him, butterfly net in hand, in the steamy heat of the Indonesian jungle, at the moment when he first saw one of the butterfly species that bears his name - Wallace's Golden Birdwing (Ornithoptera croesus croesus). He records that, "my heart began to beat violently, the blood rushed to my head, and I felt much more like fainting than I have done when in apprehension of immediate death

Project volunteers were able to experience some of this excitement when they visited the Butterfly Jungle at Hall Place & Gardens on 23rd March. The heat and humidity were not quite as oppressive as in the jungles of Indonesia, but they did steam up our glasses and camera lenses.

A butterfly basks in the steamy heat of the Bexley Heath jungle
(Photo Susan Yates)

Volunteers at Hall Place
(Photo Derek Austin)



You can e-mail: JohnMatthews@thurrock-history.org.uk if you would like to help with the project, or if you would like a copy of the booklet.