Native Plants Queensland
Townsville Branch
           PO Box 363 Aitkenvale Qld 4814

 

 

 

 
Society for Growing Australian Plants  
Townsville Branch Inc.  
    
Branch History Updated to 2009  
   
Formation of Branch    
    
Formed on 25th June, 1970 with assistance from the Townsville Branch of the Australasian Native Orchid Society.    
17 members joined.    
   
   
First Office Bearers    
    
Chairman -                 Mr. John Donohue    
Hon. Secretary -        Mr. Arthur Chapman    
Hon. Treasurer -        Mr. B. E. Slee   
   
   
Meetings and Venue      
   
General meetings are held at 8.00pm on the second Wednesday of each month from February to November at the Annandale Community Centre, rear of Annandale Central Shopping Centre,   University Drive, Annandale.    
   
Branch Projects   
   
1984    
Hosted the Queensland State Conference followed by a field trip to the Burra Range.    
   
1987 to 1990   
Planned and planted a Lowland Rainforest plot in Anderson Park in conjunction with Townsville City Council.    
   
1989    
Hosted a Northern Branches Get-together at Paluma.    
   
1990    
Branch became Incorporated.    
   
1993    
Dr. Betsy Jackes conducted a week-end version of her Rainforest Identification Course at Paluma for SGAP members.    
   
1993 to 1994   
Planted in Mountview Park in conjunction with Thuringowa City Council.    
   
1998    
Hosted the Queensland State Conference followed by a field trip to the Burra Range.    
   
   
Branch Publications      
   
1972 
A 26 page booklet "Native Plants for the Townsville Area" 
  
1975 
 "Australian Plants for Townsville", a 96 page publication which was produced by a committee of Townsville members in conjunction with the Australian Plants journal and printed as issues of that journal. 
  
1984 
Conference Papers for Qld Regional Conference – Townsville. 
‘Gardening in the Dry tropics’ 
  
1987 
"Gardening in the Dry Tropics", a 248 page book giving gardening hints and describing 400 plants. Compiled by Leigh Weakley and printed with financial assistance by way of a loan from Queensland Region. 
  
1988 
"Quick Reference Guide to Australian Plants for North Queensland Gardens". A 16 page booklet compiled by Keith Townsend. 
  
1989 
"A Selection of Australian Plants for North Queensland Gardens". A 10 page booklet 
  
1990 
"Growing Australian". A 26 page booklet which reproduced a selection of articles which were written for "Blue’s Country Magazine". Compiled by Keith Townsend. 
  
1992 
"Quick Reference Guide to Australian Plants for the Tropics". A 26 page booklet compiled by Keith Townsend 
  
1994 
"Across the Top", a 416 page book containing locally written gardening notes and describing over 1400 tropical plants, both wetland and dryland. Compiled by Keith Townsend and printed with financial assistance by way of a loan from Queensland Region. 
  
1997 
"Field Guide to Plants of the Dry Tropics", a full colour production of 192 pages assisting with identification of 166 species. Compiled by Keith Townsend and printed with financial assistance by way of a loan from Queensland Region. 
  
1998 
Conference Papers for Qld. Region Conference – Townsville 
‘Tropical Diversity’ 
2007 
Reprint of "Field Guide to Plants of the Dry Tropics" Printed using Branch funds. 
  
2008 
Fully Revised Edition of "Across the Top". A book of 358 pages containing a number of additional plant descriptions and all taxonomy updated to the latest Qld Herbarium records. Printed using Branch funds. 
 
 
   
Branch Life Members     
     
1977 ??    
John Donohue was made an Honorary Life Member.     
    
September, 1985    
Bob Reid and Rhonda Reid were made Honorary Life Members.     
    

2003 

Keith Townsend was made an Honorary Life Member. 

 

     
     
     
Current Office Bearers     
     
Chairman-                               Janice Lough     
Secretary-                                John Elliott     
Treasurer-                               Keith Townsend                                   
     
     
Branch Floral Emblem and Logo     
     
Floral Emblem is Abelmoschus moschatus subsp. tuberosus