Date(s) - 05/05/2018
Olive Pink Botanic Garden
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Olive Pink – ARTIST, ACTIVIST & GARDENER – by Gillian Ward
To be launched at Olive Pink Botanic Garden on Saturday 5th May at 5.30pm by Colleen O’Malley
Olive Pink is best known for her staunch support of the Aboriginal people of Central Australia and for her often feisty encounters with anthropologists, missionaries and local pastoralists. Olive fought hard not only for the rights of the local Arrernte and Warlpiri people, with whom she forged a strong connection, but also to recognise and protect the diversity of the local flora about which she was so passionate.
Perhaps less known are Olive Pink’s many beautiful paintings of the iconic flowers of the Central Australian region. These paintings express her intimate knowledge and love of the region’s flora: a love that led to her establishing, with the support of Aboriginal gardeners, a flora reserve in Alice Springs, now known as the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.
Olive Pink: Artist, Activist & Gardener presents a superb selection of these original paintings, alongside a fascinating biography featuring beautifully reproduced memorabilia of a colourful and unconventional historical Australian figure.
Available in all good bookshops and online from May 1
Author Gillian Ward took her book – hot of the press – to show Olive’s great friend Dr John Hargrave. He was a great help to Gillian, lending her his self published book of the letters Olive wrote to him between 1956 until her death, as well as sharing his memories of Olive.
Many people from Alice Springs also contributed to the publication of this stunning and fascinating book, by identifying plants in pictures Olive Pink painted, supplying photos, assisting with research, and sharing stories, including Colleen O’Malley, Peter Jobson, Peter Latz, Connie Spencer, Barb Gilfedder, Jenny Purdie, Rebecca Duncum, and Ian Coleman.