Hall of Fame and
A founding member, Don
has been a tireless supporter of SGAP Townsville since 1970. He has
a large garden on the banks of Ross River which he tends with meticulous care, and which hosts a
huge variety of natives collected over a life time.
His name, combined with a
noble profile, have led to him being known affectionately as 'The Don'; a sobriquet which he wears
with as much ease as his ability to arrive last, but not least, for all our
Wearing the war-bonnet means serious
business, and none is more serious than Betsy who is a
founding member of SGAP Townsville. Betsy has published numerous guides to help the
uninitiated, and continues to quide, advise and enthuse everyone around
SGAP Townsville gratefully acknowledges all the
assistance Betsy has given SGAP and the field of botany
in the Townsville area.
In these days of countless glossy field guides and Google searches, people need to remember how
difficult it was to identify plants in the 70s, 80’s and early 90’s.
Betsy’s guides helped take botany in Townsville out of the dark ages.
London taxi drivers must famously learn the names of
streets by obtaining 'the knowledge', and the standard routes are learnt from a
2015 marks the 35th anniversary of Keith's involvement with
SGAP Townsville; all of which has been dedicated to learning, assimilating and spreading 'the
knowledge' about plants in the dry Tropics.
So much so that he wrote the book!
For this achievement, amongst many others, Keith has
been awarded a Life Membership to Qld Region, and it is our great pleasure to add him to our
Hall of Fame!
In a far off place called Townsville, long ago, John
Donahue can remember buying a 'red bottlebrush' which was 'probably a
native plant'. Such was the local knowledge in the 1960's!
As a consequence of this revelation John joined the SGAP
Brisbane branch in 1969, which was the touchstone to him co-founding our own branch a year
Apart from his tireless efforts to promote native plants in
the Townsville region, he is perhaps best remembered for his enthusiasm and leadership in exploring
the plants of the Burra Range, a unique wilderness only 250 kms SW of Townsville which,
thanks to John Donahue will always be associated with SGAP Townsville.
For the full story please read
The Early Years