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Thursday, June 9, 2011

The jacaranda tree at Town Hall square from johncorfuworld.blogspot.com

The jacaranda tree at Town Hall square

my mother's favourite tree! In our home we had a beautiful painting of such a tree! This is the story:

R. Godfrey Rivers

Under the jacaranda 1903

Under the jacaranda 1903 has been one of the best loved works in the
 Queensland Art Gallery since it entered the Collection in 1903.
 Godfrey Rivers completed the painting 13 years after he arrived
 in Australia from the United Kingdom.
The work depicts Rivers and Miss Selina Bell, who later became
his wife, taking tea under the shade of a jacaranda tree in full bloom.
 The tree was a landmark in Brisbane's Botanic Gardens, which adjoined
 the grounds of the Brisbane Technical College where Rivers taught
 from 1891 to 1915.
It was almost certainly the first jacaranda to be grown in
 Australia. Walter Hill, the Gardens' Superintendent, planted it in 1864.
 It remained in the Gardens until 1979, when it was blown over
during a cyclone ― part of the trunk is now located at the
 offices of the Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens.
With jacarandas now growing in most Brisbane suburbs,
 many the progeny of this first tree, Under the jacaranda may
 be considered a quintessential image .

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