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ACT Branch: Lecture – The Cruden Farm Garden Diaries

14 June 2018 @ 6:00 pm AEST

Lecture: The Cruden Farm Garden Diaries – forty years of friendship and artistry in one of Australia’s most famous private gardens by Lisa Clausen.

A joint event with the Friends of the National Library.

Cruden Farm, 56 km south-east of Melbourne, was the cherished home and garden of philanthropist Dame Elisabeth Murdoch for more than 80 years before her death in 2012. Working alongside her most days for four decades was Cruden’s head gardener, Michael Morrison, and this book traces the history of their deep friendship and creative partnership.

Lisa will discuss how she drew on Morrison’s diaries to write this intimate insight into two extraordinary people and their shared dedication to creating and sharing one of Australia’s best loved gardens.

Lisa Clausen is a writer based in Melbourne. She was a senior writer for TIME Magazine (South Pacific edition) and her work has appeared in many publications, including The Monthly and Fairfax’s Good Weekend Magazine. Cruden Farm Garden Diaries, her first book, won the Special Judges’ Prize in the Victorian Community History Awards 2017.

Venue: Theatre, National Library of Australia

Cost: $15 for AGHS members and Friends of the NLA, $20 for non-members includes refreshments.

Booking: book through the NLA at NO bookings to be made through AGHS.



14 June 2018
6:00 pm AEST
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