Tony Bean, a botanist at the Queensland Herbarium, made a standard request for 105 plant specimens from the Paris Museum of Natural History in November 2016. There was a slight hiccough as the specimens were held up in customs and - while the required paperwork was being completed - the specimens were destroyed by biosecurity officers.

Those plant specimens were collected at Botany Bay in the late 1700s by French botanist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière. They were priceless and irreplaceable.