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