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Vic Branch: Walk and Talk – Edinburgh Gardens

5 May 2019 @ 2:00 pm AEST

Tim Gatehouse will lead this walk and talk through Edinburgh Gardens.

The land for the Edinburgh Gardens was set aside for public recreation in 1862, It contains 24 hectares, comprising open parkland and sporting facilities, including a football ground and tennis courts. The gardens were designed by the surveyor Clement Hodgkinson. Planting of the elm lined avenues commenced in 1883. An unusual event in the development of a public garden was the construction of a train line through the middle in the later 1880s, to provide a branch line from the inner circle railway. Traces of the line remain in the plan of the gardens and in certain remnant features. The nineteenth century grandstand and entrance gates of the football ground and other features such as memorial fountains and statue plinths also remain.

Tim Gatehouse is a retired lawyer interested in the pre-gold rush history of Victoria, architectural history and the history of gardening. He contributes articles to Australian Garden History and other journals. Tim is an active member of AGHS. As well as AGHS working bees he attends working bees at the Camperdown Botanic Gardens, La Trobe’s Cottage and at Bishopscourt. He is also a house guide at Bishopscourt and has written two small booklets of history adding to the Bishopscourt story, On Board with the Bishop and The Two Wings of Bishopscourt. Both are available from Bishopscourt.

Venue: Alfred Crescent, Fitzroy North. Meet at the Rotunda on the St. George’s Road side of the gardens at 2 pm.

Cost: Free.

For more information contact Robyn on 0418 353 528 /


5 May 2019
2:00 pm AEST
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