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AGHS 2020 Photo Competition

The results of the AGHS photo competition, held as part of the Society’s 40th anniversary celebrations, were announced at the AGM on 14 November 2021. Overall winner was Maggie McCredie of Jindabyne for The Lawn Ranger comes to Granny’s rescue! To ...
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Wombat Park

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

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...
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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 of Melbourne) ...

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, ...
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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. ...
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, ...
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 ...