Detouring to Grafton : the Sydney Botanic Gardens and the making of an Australian urban aesthetic

Frawley, Jodi (2010) Detouring to Grafton : the Sydney Botanic Gardens and the making of an Australian urban aesthetic. Australian Humanities Review, 49.

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Abstract

For the last seventy-five years Grafton has celebrated the Jacaranda Festival in late October. The festival commences in the town square with the crowning of the Jacaranda Queen and ends a week later with a parade through the town. The event is now a major regional tourist attraction that aims to bring locals and visitors together to celebrate everything purple. During this week one can attend the jacaranda children's party, the jacaranda maypole dancing, the jacaranda choral service or the jacaranda organ recital. Local businesses are encouraged to compete in the decorated window displays competition and everyone can join in the procession. The festival pays homage to the extraordinary display of beautiful jacaranda blooms which carpet the city during this time. The festival was inaugurated in 1935 when the slow growing jacarandas planted in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries were coming to maturity...

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ID Code: 67017
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Environmental history, Transnational history, Sydney Botanic Gardens, street trees, urban aesthetics, Joseph Maiden
ISSN: 1835-8063
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY (210000) > HISTORICAL STUDIES (210300)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2014 00:46
Last Modified: 05 Aug 2014 04:32

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