AGHS 2020 Photo Competition

As part of the celebrations of the 40th anniversary of its establishment, the Australian Garden History Society invites entries in our inaugural Garden History Photo Competition (closing date 15 January 2021). Entries should reflect the aims of the Australian Garden […]

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 Agriculture […]

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    

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 […]

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AGHS 40th Anniversary

The Australian Garden History Society turns 40 in 2020 and to celebrate, an exciting range of events and projects are planned around the theme ‘People, Plants and Places’. An Australia-wide Virtual Garden Party on Sunday 22 March 2020 will be […]

Belmont Estate


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 […]

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      

Dr Sophie Ducker AM Oct-2002

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mary Dougan 2007

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, […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Fraser Ave Kings Park Perth WA

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 […]

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Australian Garden History Index – Volumes 1–20

The index to Australian Garden History makes it easy to find articles, gardens, or other gems contained in volumes 1–20.   Compiled by AGHS member Kirstie McRobert, this comprehensive index covers issues of Australian Garden History from 1989-2009.   Download […]

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Kindred Spirits Fund

On her death Lady Law-Smith bequeathed to the Australian Garden History Society the publication rights to the book, ‘Kindred Spirits: A Botanical Correspondence’. This tells the life stories of Joan Law-Smith and the fine botanist and naturalist, Jean Galbraith, and their […]