ACT Heritage Library Manuscript Collection

HMSS 0220 Horticultural Society of Canberra Inc. Records

Scope and contents notes

 

Call Number

HMSS 0220

Collection 

Horticultural Society of Canberra Inc. Records

Date Range

1925-2010 

Quantity

2.7m (12 manuscript boxes, 1 oversized envelope)

Access Conditions

open

Copying Conditions

with attribution 

Related Collections

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In 1925 a group of gardening enthusiasts met to form a society, the primary aim of which was to be the beautification of Canberra. 

Notable early members were Charles Weston, the government horticulturalist and creator of the Yarralumla Nursery, and his successor, Alexander Bruce who was also responsible for the Parliament House Rose Gardens 

The Society planned for two shows each year at the newly constructed Albert Hall, as well as organising an annual garden competition and was significantly involved in the development of the National Rose Garden.

In 1940, due to WWII food rationing, flowers were superseded by vegetables, and the garden competition became a Vegetable Garden Competition. In 1942, 1943 and 1944 the competition focussed on children’s vegetable gardens. Understandably, the Horticultural Society experienced difficulty in continuing its activities during 1942/1943 due to lack of personnel but by 1944 shows were up and running again.

Horticultural Society Shows were floral spectacles opened by celebrities. Many famous people have honoured the Society by opening the shows including, Sir Isaac Isaacs, Lord and Lady Gowrie, the Duchess of Gloucester, Sir William McKell, Field Marshall Sir William Slim, Sir Robert Garran, Mr J. Curtin, Sir Douglas Copeland, Sir Littleton Groom, Mrs J.A. Lyons, Lady Whiskard, Sir William Clemens, Sir Stephen Holmes, Her Royal Highness Princess Alice, Dame Pattie Menzies, Sir John Overall, Sir Patrick McGovern, Mr J. Fraser, Mr A.D. Fraser, Sir Ninian and Lady Stephens. 

The pattern of shows has continued and increased, and the garden competitions were replaced by Open Gardens, held in conjunction with Floriade, raising money for local charities.

The Society created and subsequently restored (after the 2003 bushfires) its gardens within the Xeriscape Garden at Weston, where beds containing roses, perennials, vegetables, daffodils and dahlias were tended. With the closure of the Weston Campus of the Canberria Institute of Technology, the Xeriscape Garden ceased. CIT has transferred to its new campus at Bruce and the Society has accepted an invitation to set up Trial Gardens within the grounds at Bruce to continue to promote good horticultural practices for Canberra’s unique climate.

The Horticultural Society of Canberra has published Canberra’s major gardening text, The Canberra Gardener since 1948 with eight subsequent editions, 1951, 1959, 1966, 1969, 1976, 1982, 1991 and 2004.

In 2006, the African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Canberra was subsumed into the Horticultural Society, becoming a special interest group. The records of the African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Canberra are to be found in this collection.

For more information about the Horticultural Society of Canberra, please see its website:

Box List

BOX NO.

DESCRIPTION

QTY

INCLUSIVE DATES

1

MINUTES

includes some AGM minutes and annual reports

 

 

1 vol
4 files

1 vol


Oct 1932-May 1941
1941-1961

May 1967-June 1971

 

 

 

 

2

MINUTES
(no minutes between May 1983 and September 1984)

 

6 vols

 

1971-1978
1978-1983
1983-1987
1987-1991
1991-1993
1994-1998

 

 

 

 

3

MINUTES

5 vols

1999-2000
2000-2001
2001-2004
2004-2006
2006-2008

 

 

 

 

4

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING MINUTES

2 files

1 vol

1960-1964
1965-1968
1967-1998

 

 

 

 

4

SHOW RECORDS
(awards by class in Society’s shows)

1 vol

1940-1944

 

 

 

 

5

SHOW SCHEDULES
(none for 1990)

 

1930-1995

 

 

 

 

6

SHOW SCHEDULES

 

1996-2009

 

 

 

 

 

CANBERRA GARDENER

 

 

6

Sales records for the 5th edition

1 vol

1970-1981?

6

Copyright

1 file

1957-1982

6

Printing and distribution

1 file

1976-1991

6

Launch information

1 file

1991

6

Canberra Gardener 1st edition

2 copies

1948

6

Canberra Gardener 2nd edition

2 copies

1951

6

Canberra Gardener 3rd edition

2 copies

1959

6

Canberra Gardener 4th edition

1 copy

1966

6

Canberra Gardener 5th edition

2 copies

1969

6

Canberra Gardener 6th edition

1 copy

1976

6

Canberra Gardener 7th edition

1 copy

1982

6

Canberra Gardener 8th edition

1 copy

1991

6

Canberra Gardener 9th edition

1 copy

2004

 

 

 

 

7

CANBERRA ROSE CLUB
includes constitution, notices and circulars to members, 1956-1958, copies of The Rose Bulletin, the club’s official bulletin (1955-1958), and email concerning the history of the Parliamentary Rose Gardens from Society President, Merylyn Condon, 2004.

1 file

1955-1958; 2004

 

 

 

 


7

EARLY HISTORY
collated documents concerning history of the Horticultural Society of Canberra including reports, newscuttings and circulars

2 files

1925-1932
1945-1948

7

Newscuttings concerning the society’s activities

1file

1954-2009

 

 

 

 

 

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF CANBERRA EVENTS RELATED MATERIALS
(no file in this series is comprehensive and is collated rather than created during normal administrative processes)

 

 

8

Sponsors, trophy and prize information
includes correspondence and accounts concerning prizes and trophies


1 file


1948-1988

8

Trophy Winners
Lists of winners of trophies and prizes
Register of Trophies and Prizes


1 file
1 file


ca 1930-ca 1957
ca 1930-ca 2004

8

Awards
information on life members of society including photographs, biographical information and newscuttings and awards to members and the Society from other organisations



 

1 file

 

 

 

1969-2008

8

Judging
Horticultural Society of Canberra Inc, Horticultural Judges’ and Exhibitors’ Show Manual


1 copy
1 copy


1984
1992

8

Speakers/special guests
Correspondence and arrangements with speakers and special guests for meetings and shows



1 file



1965-2008

8

Realia
commemorative spoons and membership badges

5 spoons
2 badges

nd
nd

8

Albert Hall Press Cuttings
newscuttings and correspondence concerning use of the Albert Hall by the Society



1 file



1948-2001

8

70th Birthday Show
Photographs and newscuttings


1 file


7 March 1999

8

Diamond Jubilee Show
photographs, newscuttings and ephemera


1 file


1999

8

Points of Historical Interest
information gathered and displayed at an event about the history of the Albert Hall about the Society’s use of the Albert Hall

  • Spring Exhibition and Rose Show
  • Spring Bulb and Camellia Show
  • Autumn Flower Show
  • Iris, Rhododendron and Azalea Show

 

 

 

2 files

2 files

1 file

1 file

 

 

 

1925-2003

1933-2004

1925-2004

1951-2003

8

Bicentenary Functions

Photographs, correspondence, ephemera and stationery concerning the Society’s events organised to celebrate Australia’s Bicentenary

 

 

1 file

 

 

1986-1988

8

Photographs of gardens and shows

1 file

1959-1966

 

 

 

 

 

XERISCAPE GARDEN

 

 

9

Xeriscape Gardens Strategic Development Plan

1 copy

June 1997

9

Xeriscape Gardens Steering Committee correspondence and minutes

1 file

1997-2002

9

Photographs of Xeriscape Garden

1 file

1997-?

9

Correspondence concerning closure of Canberra Institute of Technology Weston Campus


1 file


2007-2008

9

Prizes awarded for dahlias grown in Xeriscape Garden

1 file

2010

 

 

 

 

 

HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY OF CANBERRA OPEN GARDENS

 

 

9

Correspondence, committee mintues, photographs, marketing materials, arrangements, reports and accounts

3 files

1988-1994
1994-1997
1997-1999

10

Photographs of Open Garden visit by Colin Campbell

1 vol

September 2001

 

 

 

 

10

Grants Applications

1 file

1975-1988

 

 

 

 

10

Stationery Samples

1 file

nd

 

 

 

 

10

Floriade Involvement
includes coprrespondence, programs and posters


1 file


1992-2009

 

 

 

 

10

Water Policy
chiefly correspondence, reports and submissions to ACT Government concerning water policy and pricing



1 file



1980; 2005-2008

 

 

 

 

10

Royal Canberra Show Sponsorship
correspondence


1 file


2003-2006

 

 

 

 

 

AFRICAN VIOLET AND GESNERIAD SOCIETY OF CANBERRA RECORDS

Formed as African Violet Society of Canberra in Jan 1965, incorporated 29 October 1973 and changed name to African Violet and Gesneriad Society of Canberra, Inc. 4 November 1977. It ceased to operate alone in 2006; becoming a special interest group of the Horticultural Society of Canberra.

 

 

10

Minutes

3 vols

Jan 1965-May 1967
June 1967-Nov 1969
March 1970-Aug 1972

11

Minutes

4 vols

May 1973-April 1976
June 1976-Nov-1979
Nov 1979-June 1982
July 1982-Sept 1985

12

Minutes

3 vols
1 file

April 1990-Nov 1992
Jan 1993-July 1994
Aug 1994-June 1996
June 1996-May 1997

12

Awards (certificates and ribbon

1 file

1979-1992

12

Certificates of Incorporation

2

1973; 1977

12

Floppy discs

4

nd

 

 

 

 

12

Memorial Garden Information
Helene and Rob Salzmann and Jim Pollard were victims of the Port Arthur Massacre in April 1996. This file contains:
Dedication Of Memorial Garden Order of Service 26 April 1997
Memorial Service Order of Service 9 May 1996
Photographs of garden and dedication 26 April 1997





 

1 file

 

 

 

 

 

1996-1997

 

 

 

 

13 (o/s)

Framed photograph of Autumn Flower Show, Albert Hall

 

1

1932