Gundoo Memorial Grove at Victoria Park / Barrambin

In 1959 as part of the Queensland Centenary Celebrations, a request to the Lord Mayor was made for the planting of 1,000 trees in Victoria Park / Barrambin. Students from Brisbane Girls Grammar School planted these memorial trees which became known as the 'The Gundoo Memorial Grove.' Gundoo is an aboriginal word meaning Youth, or Youth Corroboree.

The manager of Council’s Park’s Department at the time was Harry Oakman who was a pioneer of landscape architecture in Australia.

The memorandum from Harry Oakman about the planting noted the species ordered for the grove included:

  • Queensland Kauri Pine x100
  • Moreton Bay Ash x100
  • Grey Box x100
  • Blackbutt x100
  • Red Mahogany x200
  • Spotted Gum x100
  • Flooded Gum x350
  • Queensland Blue Gum x200
  • River Red Gum x300

A total of 1550 trees were ordered at a cost of £75.

On 29 July 2022, the Brisbane Girls Grammar School (BGGS) Grammar Goes Green team attended a small tree planting ceremony at Gundoo Memorial Grove at the park to celebrate National Tree Day. BGGS planted 25 native trees including Lophostemon Confertus, various Eucalyptus trees, Corymbia Maculata and Corymbia Tessellaris. These trees were selected from the original 1959 Department of Parks list, developed by prominent Brisbane landscape architect Harry Oakman. A number of habitat shrubs and grasses were also planted to assist with the creation of habitats for ground dwelling birds and lizards such as the Queensland Bush Stone Curlew.

Then - 1959

Now - 2022

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