The Australian Garden History Society (AGHS) Annual National Conference, hosted by the Tasmanian Branch of the AGHS is being held in the Albert Hall, Launceston on Friday, Saturday and Sunday 5th, 6th & 7th November 2010.
The cultural landscape and garden history of the north of the island will be explored through a range of papers, from fire farmed landscapes created over a period of more than 10,000 years to landscapes overlaid by European settlers to create the “Vision Splendid.”
Attendance by non members at the presentations in the Albert Hall on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at a cost of $35 per day or $100 for the three mornings of lectures is permitted with each morning commencing at 8.30am. The fee covers the lectures and morning tea on each day. The lectures include:
Friday 5th November:
• The Rediscovery of Fire Stick Farming – Professor Henry Reynolds, School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania
• The Settlement of Northern Tasmania – John Dent, OAM, President West Tamar Historical Society
• Insights into Tasmania’s Cultural Landscape – Gwenda Sheridan, Consultant, heritage landscape research and planning

Saturday 6th November:
• Tasmania’s Changing Landscape: A birds – eye view – Sarah Lloyd, Tasmanian naturalist, writer and photographer
• The Reed Family, their houses and gardens – Kenneth von Bibra, AM, descendant of Henry Reed
• The Van Diemen’s Land Company and the Chudleigh Valley – John Hawkins, antique dealer and author
Sunday 7th November
• Gould’s Book of Flowers – Hamish Maxwell-Stewart, Associate Professor, School of History and Classics, University of Tasmania
• The Gibson Family and the Vision Splendid – John Hawkins
Those wishing to attend are requested to contact the AGHS (Tas) Treasurer on telephone 03 6260 4418 or email: as soon as possible to arrange their attendance and to facilitate catering arrangements.
Australian Garden History Society