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 […]

Kiata c1900 courtesy J Scarce

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 […]

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 […]

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).   […]

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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.    

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 […]

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 […]

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.

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Belmont Estate

Belmont

A photographic study of Belmont Estate can be explored by clicking here.

New Zealand Plants

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 […]