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A grove of trees commemorates poet , Judith Wright.

Judith Wright was born in Armidale and expressed her love of Australia and its people in her poetry. She was also a respected writer on poetry. Later in her life Wright was well known as a conservationist and campaigner for Aboriginal rights. Wright, a descendant of a pioneering pastoralist family, began writing poetry at the age of six for her ailing mother. At the age of 14 she became a boarder at the New England Girls School, and it was during her time there that she decided to become a poet. In 1975, Wright was the first woman appointed to the Council of Australian National University as the Governor-General`s nominee.

She was founder and later president of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland, and member of the National Parks Association of New South Wales and the South Coast Conservation Council. In 1991, Wright became the second Australian - after Michael Thwaites in 1940 - to receive the Queen`s gold medal for poetry.


Address:118 Dumaresq Street, Civic Park, Armidale, 2350
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.511986
Long: 151.667644
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 24th March, 2004
Front Inscription

This memorial grove of Eucalyptus nova-anglica celebrates the life of Judith Wright, poet, environmentalist & activist for Aboriginal rights.

Born Armidale 31. 5. 1915  -  Died Canberra 26. 6. 2000

Plaque :

This memorial grove was dedicated by Meredith McKinney, Judith Wright`s daughter, on 24. 3. 04.
The grove would not have been possible without the generous work and support of many individuals, companies and organisations across a wide spectrum of the community.  It is impossible to list them all.

Major Sponsors
Armidale Dumaresq Council                                     Armidale Tree Group
P J & C M Ducat Pty Ltd                                           Stephen King
Green Scene Landscapes                                        Tony Spring
University of New England                                        Richard Torbay, MP
Premier of NSW, Bob Carr                                        The Wright Family
Australia's Open Garden Scheme & the ABC
Catherine Neilson of Magoffon & Deakin Pty. Ltd.
Zonta Club of Armidale Inc.

The Judith Wright Memorial Grove Community Group thanks them all - and all the others who gave their help.


Left Side Inscription

"South of my days` circle, part of my blood`s country,
rises that tableland, high-delicate outline of bony slopes wincing under the winter,
low trees blue - leaved and olive,
outcropping granite - clean, lean hungry country."

These rocks came from Wallamumbi Station - Judith Wright`s birthplace

Right Side Inscription

Plaque :

Country Energy's donation of light poles to enhance the grove as a landmark feature is gratefully acknowledged

Plaque :

Australia's Open Garden Scheme
Community Garden Grant Winner 2003

This community project received funds from Australia's Open Garden Scheme on behalf of the nation`s gardeners.

Proudly supported by ABC Radio.

Source: MA
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