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Watkin, Elizabeth

Occupation
Gardener

Summary

Elizabeth Watkin is featured on the front of the Australian Garden History Society brochure. In an article titled 'The Lady in White' by Jo Reid (Watkins's grand-daughter), she is described as an active member of the Red Cross and the local Benevolent Fund as well as being a foundation member of the CWA. 'During the 1950s, she campaigned tirelessly, driving the efforts of a fund-raising committee to establish the Elizabeth Watkin Kindergarten.' Reid states that 'as a young woman, her grandmother indulged in oil painting; subjects were often flowers and fruit. There are screens featuring dahlias, hydrangeas, wallflowers, japonica, holly, wisteria, lilac, foxgloves, grapes and Blue Diamond plums.'

Sources used to compile this entry: Reid, Jo, 'The Lady in White', Australian Garden History, vol. 8, no. 2, 1996, p. 28.

Anne Heywood

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