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39th AGHS National Conference – Gardens in Times of Peace and Conflict

October 25 @ 9:00 am - October 29 @ 5:00 pm

AGHS’s Southern Highlands branch is looking forward to hosting the 39th annual national conference of the Australian Garden History Society. Its theme is Gardens in Times of Peace and Conflict.

The conference will be held on Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October 2018 in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, with an optional day of activities on Monday 29 October 2018.

Charlotte Webb will open the conference with an overview of the Southern Highlands’ history and an introduction to the development of living memorials in Australia.

Other speakers will include

  • Adrian Howard on the completion of Hobart’s Soldiers Memorial Avenue
  • Phil Roberts on Ballarat’s Avenue and Arch
  • Ian Scott and Greg Jackson on the Remembrance Driveway
  • Graham Wilson on the diversity of war memorials as part of Australian cultural landscape
  • William Oates on women’s contribution to the war effort (Agricultural Security Production Service)
  • Frances Simons on gardens created by prisoners of war
  • Linda Emery on the ‘Poppy seed project’
  • Elizabeth Ganguly on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the designs of the cemeteries and memorials by eminent people such as Sir Edwin Lutyens and Gertrude Jekyll
  • Stuart Read on the need for AGHS to lead in advocacy for our landscape heritage, sometimes ruffling feathers
  • John Dwyer on weed conflicts and why it should be time to call a truce.

The conference will be held in the Mittagong RSL which has excellent facilities including a motel (Springs Resorts) and is close to shops and accommodation. A day and a half of lectures will be followed by a day and a half of garden visits. The optional Monday tour of six gardens should not be missed.


Booking details for 2018 Southern Highlands conference and tours

Booking details will be posted in late May if the Society does not have your current email address, and emailed on Thursday 7 June 2018 if we do.

Electronic and postal bookings open on 7 June, including pre‑conference and post-conference tours with Trisha Dixon. Please do not contact the National Office before the 7 June regarding the conference and booking.

The pre‑conference and post-conference tours are identical 3 day/2 night tours which will look at historic gardens, houses and landscapes in the Goulburn and Taralga district, with its links to writers Miles Franklin, Dame Mary Gilmore and Beatrice Bligh, as well as the great pioneering wool story of Eliza Forlonge, also strongly linked with the central Victorian town of Euroa. One tour will be run before the conference: Monday 22 October to Wednesday 24 October 2018, and one after, on Tuesday 30 October to Thursday 1 November 2018.





October 25 @ 9:00 am
October 29 @ 5:00 pm