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Sunday Stories | Brisbane’s First Jacaranda

Sunday Stories | Brisbane’s First Jacaranda

The first Jacaranda planted in Australia was most likely in the Brisbane Botanic Gardens in 1864. Walter Hill, Director of the Brisbane Botanic Gardens, would have obtained the exotic seeds from a visiting ship that had stopped off in South America. A piece of that first Jacaranda is currently on exhibition at MoB. This piece was cut from its trunk after it was blown over in a storm in 1980. In 116 years it had grown to a height of 14m and had a diameter of 10m. This same Jacaranda was also immortalised in ‘Under the Jacaranda’, which was painted in 1903 by R Godfrey Rivers.

Come and see a piece of the first Jacaranda in 100% BRISBANE, Museum of Brisbane. Image: ‘Under the Jacaranda’, R Godfrey Rivers, 1903, Queensland Art Gallery.