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Sydney Branch: Illustrated talk on Jenolan Caves and the cultural landscape

18 July 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST

AGHS foundation member Chris Betteridge specialises in the identification, assessment, management and interpretation of historic cultural landscapes.  In mid-2014 Chris and his wife Margaret Betteridge were engaged to carry out a preliminary heritage assessment of movable heritage at Jenolan Caves within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.  In 2016 Chris provided the landscape input to a conservation management plan (CMP) for the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve.  Since then Chris and Margaret have completed their assessment of movable heritage and a draft CMP for the building and its landscape setting of Caves House, the iconic tourist hotel at Jenolan.  They are now working with the Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust and other consultants to ensure that planned upgrades to Caves House respect its exceptional heritage values.

As part of his research on Caves House, Chris discovered that Joseph Maiden (1859-1925) had supervised landscape improvements around the building in the late 19th century while he was Director of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and that plant collector and botanist William Blakely (1875-1941) had worked as a gardener at Jenolan.  Maiden and Blakely worked together on the revision of the genus Eucalyptus and in 1934 Blakely produced his seminal work A Key to the Eucalypts.  Chris is now continuing his research on the evolution of the cultural landscape around Caves House with a view to guiding the possible reconstruction of some historic features and plantings.  On Wednesday 18 July 2018 at the Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill, Chris will give an illustrated talk on his Jenolan research so far.


Venue: Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill

Date: Wednesday 18th July, 6-8:30pm

Cost: AGHS Members $20, Non-members $30, Students $5 includes light refreshments. Bookings essential

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Payments by internet bank transfer to: Australian Garden History Society Sydney & Northern NSW Branch, NZ Bank, Centrepoint Branch BSB 012040 Account 101762565, include your name and the function

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18 July 2018
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm AEST
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