Fame and Infamy
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 book.
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
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
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
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 later.
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
The Early Years