Projects & Reports

Dr Greg I Johnson

Interview Recording Part one – 19 Oct 2023 Part two – 19 Oct 2023 Part three – 1 Feb 2024 Part four – 1 Feb 2024   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Greg I Johnson 19 Oct 2023 by Roslyn Burge...

William Todd

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Will Todd 11 Mar 2020 by Liz Chappell   Synopsis One of the best-preserved early town gardens is Bona Vista on the southern outskirts of Armidale. The two-storey home in local blue brick...

Bob Cherry

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Bob Cherry 11 Sep 2023 by Jean Elder Synopsis Childhood memories of the people and places associated with gardens are frequently mentioned in recalling life stories.  Bob Cherry is no exception.  From a...

Jocelyn Mitchell

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcription Jocelyn Mitchell 26 May 2003 by Jane Holth Synopsis Jocelyn Mitchell discusses how she became involved as a gardener and member of the Australian Garden History Society through moving to and living at...

Carolyn Robinson

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Carolyn Robinson 25 Jun 2019 by Liz Chappell Synopsis Carolyn Robinson has created two significant gardens at her homes, Glenrock and Eagle’s Bluff, near Tenterfield in Northern NSW, since 1992. She has designed...

Bob and Kerrie Crothers

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Bob and Kerrie Crothers 8 Dec 2017 by Liz Chappell with Jenny Sloman   Synopsis For over fifty years, Bob and Kerrie Crothers have promoted the joy of gardening and the importance of...

Vicki, Jonathan and Michael Taylor

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Vicki, Jonathan and Michael Taylor 16 May 2018 by Marilyn Pidgeon with  Lynne Walker Synopsis This interview records the tree restoration work of the Taylor family at ‘Terrible Vale’, Kentucky, NSW. Since the...

Mark Geeves

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Mark Geeves 3 May 2023 by Jean Elder   Synopsis Mark Geeves was born into a long-established family of gardeners and orchardists in the picturesque Huon Valley, Southern Tasmania.  His mother Kay Geeves...

Will Fletcher

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Will Fletcher 28-Mar-2023 by Jean Elder   Synopsis Will Fletcher arrived in Tasmania in 1976 at the age of 22 after spending several years studying Natural Resources at the University of New England...
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Garden History Select Bibliography

We learn about gardens and garden history through our own horticultural efforts, attending talks and exhibitions, going on garden visits, tours and attending open gardens.  We also learn through reading. A select list of publications about Australian gardens and their...

Linda Green

Interview Recording     Interview Transcript Linda Green interviewed 1-Oct-2021-and-17-Feb-2023 by Patsy Vizents with appendix   Synopsis Linda Green was a member of the West Australian branch of the Australian Garden History Society and while having full time employment, attended...

Elaine Lawson OAM

Interview Recordings Interview 12 November 2019 Part 1 – 1 hour 22 minutes Interview 12 November 2019 Part 2 – 12 minutes Interview 3 July 2020 Part 1 – 1 hour 22 minutes Interview 3 July 2020 Part 2 –...

2022 Annual National Conference – Hobart

Landscape on the Edge: Challenge and Opportunity 42nd national conference, Hobart, November 2022 The conference lectures took a broad perspective on our environmental, landscape and garden history, delving back into the big history of geology and Tasmania’s Gondwana connection; Tasmanian...

2023 Annual National Conference – Ipswich

Digging into the past – above and below the Limestone Hill 43rd annual conference: Ipswich ― 29 September to 1 October 2023 The City of Ipswich (Tulmur in the Yagara language) is in sub-tropical south-east Queensland about 40 km inland...

AGHS Annual Report 2022-2023

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the AGHS Annual Report 2022-23 and the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2023...
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AGHS Financial Statements – 2023

The Australian Garden History Society financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2023 are now available to download...
Catherine Shields

Catherine Shields

Interview Recording     Interview Transcript Catherine Shields interviewed 12 September 2022 by Jean Elder Synopsis Catherine Shields is one of Tasmania’s most popular landscape designers, whose creative work ranges from ever changing styles in contemporary outdoor garden spaces to...
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Mont Park

A photographic study of Mont Park can be explored by clicking here...

Peter Valder OAM

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Peter Valder 13-Mar-2007 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis Long-time Australian Garden History Society member and author, Dr Peter Valder grew up in isolation at Nooroo, at Mount Wilson in NSW’s Blue Mountains. He...

Carol Mansfield

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript  Carol Mansfield interviewed on 29 July 2020 by Patsy Vizents   Synopsis After a brief introduction to her early life and involvement with gardening as a child in the UK, Carol described how she met...

Gwenda Sheridan

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Gwenda Sheridan 30 March 2021 by Jean Elder This is an interview with Gwenda Sheridan, who is being interviewed for the Australian Garden History Society’s National Oral History Collection. Gwenda is speaking about...

Lindsay Campbell

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript  Lindsay Campbell interviewed 22 June 2022 by Jean Elder   Synopsis Bushwalking has been a lifelong pursuit for landscape designer, teacher and horticulturist Lindsay Campbell. His initial interest in native plants originated through regular walking...

Carmel O’Halloran

Interview Recording     Interview Transcript Carmel O’Halloran interviewed 22 September 2022 by Patsy Vizents   Synopsis Carmel was born in Narrogin in WA’s wheat belt area and spent a lot of time during her school holidays on family and...
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David Yencken

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript David Yencken interview on 20 March 2003 by Jane Holth   Synopsis David Yencken was a gallery owner, property developer and administrator in Melbourne, introducing the discipline of landscape architecture in to the urban housing...

AGHS Annual Report 2021-2022

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the  AGHS Annual Report 2021-2022 and the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2022...
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AGHS Financial Statements – 2022

The Australian Garden History Society financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2022 are now available to download...
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Goronga

A photographic study of Goronga can be explored by clicking here...

Tara Edmondson

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Tara Edmondson interviewed 22 March 2022 by Jean Elder   Synopsis Tara Edmondson spent her childhood exploring and observing the coastal environment and bushland around Triabunna, Tasmania.  Living in a setting where family and friends...
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Wombat Park

A photographic study of Wombat Park can be explored by clicking here...

Bob Magnus

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Bob Magnus, interviewd 8 November2021 by Jean Elder Synopsis Bob Magnus is typical of many of his post-war generation who rejected the opportunity to work in a family business, choosing instead to pursue a non-traditional...

Kingsley Dixon

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Kingsley Dixon interviewed 26 January 2022 by Patsy Vizents Kingsley Dixon  FTSE (Ph.D.) is an Australian botanist and was the founding Director of Science at Kings Park and Botanic Gardens, and helped to establish the...
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2013 AGHS & UWA Tree Forum Papers

  Papers presented at the    WA Tree Forum 2013.   Table of Contents Trees as Markers in the Cultural Landscape – Professor Jane Lennon (Melbourne University, ICOMOS expert) Valuing and Maintaining the Urban Forest – Dr Greg Moore (University...

Catherine MacLean

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Catherine MacLean interviewed on 13 August 2017 by Marilyn Pidgeon This is an interview with Catherine MacLean, of Armidale, NSW. Catherine is speaking with Marilyn Pidgeon, OAM for the Australian Garden History Society (AGHS).  ...

Robyn Mayo Hawkins

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Robyn Mayo Hawkins interviewed on 26 May 2021 by Jean Elder This is an interview with Robyn Mayo Hawkins recorded for the Australian Garden History’s National Oral History Collection. Robyn, a gardener and artist, is...

Dr Stephen Utick

This is an oral interview with Dr Stephen Utick, co-founder of Camellia Ark Australia, which aims to conserve Australia’s rarest camellias, and Chair of the International Camellia Society’s Committee for Historic Camellia Conservation. Dr Utick spoke with Laurel Cheetham and...
Victor Crittenden OAM

Victor Crittenden OAM

Interview Recordings Part 1 Part 2 Part 3   Interview Transcript Victor Crittenden OAM, interviewed 20 October 2010 by Roslyn Burge Narrative Transcript Victor Crittenden OAM, interviewed 20 October 2010 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis Victor Crittenden OAM was treasurer...

AGHS Annual Report 2020-2021

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the AGHS Annual Report 2020-2021 and the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2021.    ...
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AGHS Financial Statements – 2021

The Australian Garden History Society financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2021 are now available to download...

Simon Brandon

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Simon Brandon interviewed 27 February 2020 by Sue Whitehouse This is an oral interview with Simon Brandon, former Head Gardener at Hopewood House, Bowral.  Simon is speaking with Sue Whitehouse, for the Australian Garden History...

Rick Shepherd

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Rick Shepherd interviewed 3 October 2019  by Sue Whitehouse This is an oral interview with Rick Shepherd, Head Gardener at Retford Park, Bowral.  Rick is speaking with Sue Whitehouse, for the Australian Garden History Society...

Les Musgrave

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Les Musgrave interviewed 27 January 2020 by Ruth Bailey This is an oral interview with Les Musgrave, owner and the Head Gardener at The Kaya, Wildes Meadow in New South Wales.  Les is speaking with...

Janet Storrier

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Janet Storrier interviewed 4 February 2020 by Sue Whitehouse This is an oral interview with Janet Storrier, owner and Head Gardener at Hopewood House, Bowral.  Janet will be speaking with Sue Whitehouse for the Australian...

Ian Carroll

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Ian Carroll interviewed 2 December 2020 by Lyn Barrett This is an interview with Ian Carroll, Head Gardener of Oldbury, Oldbury Road, Sutton Forest, N.S.W. and it is recorded on the 2nd of December, 2020...

Elaine Musgrave

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Elaine Musgrave interviewed on 27 Jan 2020 by Ruth Bailey This is an oral interview with Elaine Musgrave, Botanical Artist and spouse of Les Musgrave, at The Kaya, Wildes Meadow, New South Wales. Elaine will...

Ken Gillanders OAM

  An interview with Mr Ken Gillanders OAM on 10 November 2020 by Sally Dakis. Length of interview: 71 minutes.   Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Ken Gillanders interviewed 10 Nov 2020 by Sally Dakis    ...
Trisha Dixon

Trisha Dixon

  Interviews with Trisha Dixon. The interviews took place on 30 June 2020 and 9 July 2020. The interviewer is Roslyn Burge. Interview Recording Part one:   Part two:   Interview Transcript Trisha Dixon interviewed on 30 June and 9...

Max Bourke AM

Interview Recording Part one:   Part two:   Interview Transcript Interview Transcript Max Bourke 20 November 2019   Synopsis Interview Summary Max Bourke 19 November 2019     A selection of Max Bourke’s writings: The Analysis of Cultural Significance – ICOMOS...
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Dig In! with TROVE

Gardeners have long built and re-built communities. Great swathes of land and some important Australian gardens were lost or significantly damaged in the fire and hailstorms of the 2019-2020 summer. In keeping with the AGHS mission to promote awareness through...

Shirley Stackhouse OAM

Interview Recording     Interview Transcript Shirley Stackhouse interviewed 23 November 2006 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis Shirley Stackhouse was virtually brought up in her grandfather’s rose nursery. George Henry Heers, was the Director of Dairying for the Department of...

AGHS Annual Report 2019-2020

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the AGHS Annual Report 2019-2020 and the Financial Statements for the year ended 30 June 2020...

Cedric Bryant

Interview Recording Part 1 Part 2   Interview Transcript Cedric Bryant interviewed 15 May 2019 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis Cedric seizes opportunities at every turn: he recounts a story of enterprise and endeavour. He discusses his family’s background in...
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Pialligo Redwood Forest

This video tells the history of the unusual Pialligo Redwood plantation in Canberra, recently stressed by drought and then by bushfire. Luckily the Sequoia trees are resilient and regrowth is already visible, ensuring the trees and their important heritage values...

A Gardener’s City: Canberra’s Garden Heritage

Canberra, the Garden City and Capital of Australia is recognised as one of the best examples in the world of a planned city. It has millions of mature trees and other plantings in what was an unforgiving limestone plain, providing...
Miranda Morris

Dr Miranda Morris

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Dr Miranda Morris, interviewed 14 June 2003 by Sallyann Dakis   Synopsis Dr Miranda Morris became involved in the Australian Garden History Society whilst working for the School of Environmental Design at the Tasmanian College...

2019 Annual National Conference

Expanding Horizons In 2019 the Australian Garden History Society held its 40th Annual National Conference at the National Museum of New Zealand,Wellington on 25–27 October 2019. Conference presentations were given by: James Beattie – Chinese market gardening in New Zealand: exchange...
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2018 Annual National Conference

Gardens in Times of Peace and Conflict In 2018 the Australian Garden History Society held its 39th Annual National Conference in the Southern Highlands, NSW, on 29–29 October 2018. The Report of the 39th Annual National Conference: Part 1 Introduction...
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New Zealand plants in Australian gardens

After our ‘Expanding Horizons’ 2019 conference in New Zealand, an increased awareness of and interest in plants native to Aoteoroa in Australian gardens might be arising. From the Society’s 2013 ‘Gardens with Altitude’ conference in Armidale comes this paper by...
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Belmont

A photographic study of Belmont Estate can be explored by clicking here...
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AGHS Annual Report 2018-2019

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the AGHS Annual Report 2018-2019...
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Mary Dougan

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Mary Dougan, interviewed 6 and 21 September 2006 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis Mary Dougan was a sprightly 104 when interviewed in September 2006 for the AGHS Oral History Collection. Well known in garden circles...
Thomas Garnett MA, OAM

Tom Garnett MA, OAM

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Thomas Garnett MA OAM, interviewed 7 November 2002 by Jane Holth   Synopsis Coming soon…   Reference Obituary Thomas Garnett MA, OAM, 2006      ...
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Dr Sophie Ducker AM

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Dr Sophie Ducker, interviewed 6 September – 21 October 2002 by Jane Holth   Synopsis Coming soon…   Reference The following Journal contains an article on Dr Sophie Ducker: Australian Garden History, Vol. 30 No...
Professor Richard Clough AM

Professor Richard Clough AM

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Professor Richard Clough AM, interviewed 9 December 2003 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis Richard Clough was born in 1921 in Wagga Wagga where his family had been since the 1850s. He described early influences My...
John Viska Oct-2018

John Viska

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript John Viska, interviewed 11 October 2018 by Patsy Vizents   Synopsis John Viska is the current Chairman of the WA branch of the Australian Garden History Society and has held the position three times. He...
Jan Gluskie 2018

Jan Gluskie

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Jan Gluskie, interviewed 4 December 2003 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis The first Sydney Branch Committee met in August 1993 and by the end of the year learnt it was to present the National Conference...
Fairie Nielsen

Fairie Nielsen

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Fairie Nielsen, interviewed October 2004 by Sallyann Dakis   Synopsis Fairie (Mary) Nielsen, who described herself as ‘just a farmer’, was asked to join the Tasmanian Australian Garden History Society branch committee in 1984 as...
Dame Elisabeth Murdoch

Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC, DBE

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Dame Elisabeth Murdoch AC, DBE, interviewed 9 September 2002 by Jane Holth   Synopsis Dame Elisabeth Murdoch was interviewed on 9 September 2002, by Jane Holth, for the Australian Garden History Society Oral History Collection...
Chris Betteridge

Chris Betteridge

Interview Recording   Interview Transcript Chris Betteridge, interviewed 20 March 2007 by Roslyn Burge   Synopsis Chris was the original landscape and environmental specialist in the Heritage and Conservation Branch of the NSW Department of Planning from 1978 and over...
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ABC Interview with Dr Jessica Hood AGHS Vice Chair

Dr Jessica Hood featured on the ABC 7:30 Report on Monday 1st April, 2019. Everyone at AGHS wishes Jess all the best in her new role at Heritage Victoria. “I was on ABC 730 tonight talking about this and other...
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Tree Avenues – from War to Peace – by Stuart Read

Programme of International Symposium “Tree avenues – from War to Peace” 12 & 13 November 2018 – Liffol-le-Grand (France) Presentation by Stuart Read, AGHS National Management Committee member Stuart Read, Landscape architect, horticulturist and expert member of ICOMOS-IFLA international scientific...

AGHS Financial Statements – 2017

The Australian Garden History Society financial statements for the year ended 30 June 2017 are now available to download...

2008 Annual National Conference – Bowral

In 2008 the Southen Highlands branch of the Australian Garden History Society held the Annual National Conference in Bowral, NSW. The theme of the conference was From Wilderness to Pleasure Ground: discovering the garden history of the Southern Highlands. Papers...

2012 Annual National Conference – Ballarat

The compilation of the 2012 Conference presentation papers is now available to download here...

2014 Annual National Conference – Albany

In 2014 the Western Australian Branch of the Australian Garden History Society held the 35th Annual National Conference in Albany, WA over three days in October. A selection of eminent professionals spoke at the conference on topics varying from the...

2013 Annual National Conference – Armidale

In 2013 the Australian Garden History Society held the 34th Annual National Conference in Armidale, NSW. Papers presented at the conference included: Early European settlement in New and    Jillian Oppenheimer Gardening in the cool uplands of New England: how people...
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2017 Annual National Conference

For information on our conference in 2017 please contact the AGHS National Office...
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2016 Annual National Conference

For information on our conference in 2016 please contact the AGHS National Office...
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2015 Annual National Conference

For information on our conference in 2015 please contact the AGHS National Office...

AGHS Annual Report 2015–16

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the 2015-16 Annual Report...

AGHS Annual Report 2016–17

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the AGHS 2016-17 annual report...

AGHS Annual Report 2017–18

The Australian Garden History Society is pleased to provide you with the AGHS Annual Report 2017-2018...

AGHS National Oral History Project

In 2001, as the 25th anniversary of the foundation of the Society approached, the Australian Garden History Society initiated a program of oral histories (the National Oral History Collection). Some branches of the Society have also conducted interviews within their...
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ACT Branch: The ‘English Garden’ and Yarralumla Nursery

The ‘English Garden’ and Yarralumla Nursery The English Garden and Yarralumla Nursery are two of Canberra’s heritage treasures. Preserving this heritage is an ongoing task to which the ACT Monaro Riverina Branch has helped contribute. In 1914 the fledgling nursery...

A Guide to Conserving and Interpreting Gardens in Western Australia by John Viska

A guide to conserving and interpreting gardens in Western Australia / compiled by John Viska for the West Australian Branch of the Australian Garden History Society.   Published , RRP $15.00 (incl GST)  Contact the National Office for availability 1800 678...

Tree Forum presentations – now available on YouTube

AGHS Victorian Branch: Tree Forum – now available on YouTube On Friday 29 May 2015, the Victorian Branch of the AGHS held a full day forum; Trees – Natural & Cultural Values, at the State Library of Victoria. Ten esteemed...

Heritage Apples, Pears, Quinces, plums & citrus – who, what where?

Produced by Sydney and Northern New South Wales member, Stuart Read this list of heritage fruit growers and plants around Australia is a fascinating resource. Click here to download...

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