on finding quotes

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You found a cafe’ where you get access to a modest library, and came across ‘The Natural History of Canterbury’ published by the Canterbury branch of the Royal Society of New Zealand and edited by A.W.Reed in 1969..
No, not Canterbury the English town, but the New Zealand region where Christchurch, the garden city, is located, east of the south island.
You jumped straight to the botany section, where in the preamble the author quotes a certain J.B.Armstrong who in 1880 writes:

No account, howerver short, of the plants of Canterbury would be complete without some reference to those plants which have been introduced through the agency of colonisation. Wherever settlemnt extends the native plants rapidly die out, and their places are filled by British and other exotic plants, mostly of a weedy nature [...] There can, I think, be no doubt whether that the native vegetation will eventually be almmost, if not entirely exterminated, and the floral feautures of the country althogether changed through the introduction of these foreign weeds.

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Diego Bonetto is a multimedia artist living and practicing in Sydney, Australia, and is a key member of artists' collectives SquatSpace and the BigFAGPress. -The SquatSpace collective has been producing ground-breaking events and projects since 2000. The group has been curated in a number of shows both in Australia and overseas. The current initiatives, the Redfern-Waterloo Tour of beauty (www.squatspace.com/redfern) tackle issues of social representation and the politics of space generated by gentrification. -The BigFagPress (BFP) is a publishing facility housed in Wooloomooloo, Sydney. The BFP is a salvaged 4-tonnes Off-set proof press. The press allows for the creation of countless artworks by keen printmakers and self-started publishers. www.bigfagpress.org Diego has also been working with WeedyConnection, an environmental art campaign. The project involves an online resource (www.weedyconnection.com), short documentary films, cooking shows, blogs, installations, prints, facebook interventions and various site-specific installations in the form of self-guided tours. WeedyConnection tackle the anthropocentric view of what environment should look like. Based on research and data provided by disciplines as far apart as biology, anthropology, paloenthology, social ecology and ethno botany it formulates ethical questions about cultural representation in times of environmental urgency.
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