Victoria State Garden

1976 December 3 Premier Hamer declares Victoria ‘Garden State’. 1978 May Basic concept for a State Rose Garden established. 1980 March 11 Premier approves garden ’in principle’ at Werribee Park. 1981 February 14 Formal announcement, with informal assurance that roses would be provided by donation. 1981/1982 Priestley, Phillips & Co dug up and transported 2250 roses from Portland to Werribee. 1982 CIVINEX excavated bowl shape. 1983/1984 No government money so stagnation. MMBW took over nightmare. 1984/1985 All roses lifted to allow reforming of beds, establishment of paths and seeding of…

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