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Miss Olive Pink - The Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT
Miss Olive Pink – The Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT

Vitis vinifera
Citrus reticulata
Citrus sinensis
Citrus limonia

Miss Olive Muriel Pink anthropologist and conservationist was an advocate for Aboriginal rights and land rights who lived in Alice Springs from 1935-1975. On Gregory Terrace Pink lived in a hut and grew grape vines, flowers, mandarin, lemon and orange trees. In 1956 Pink established the Australian Arid Regions Native Flora Reserve.

The Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT
The Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT

The common name for the species etched on the granite are:

  • Vitis vinifera – Grape Vine
  • Citrus reticulata – Mandarin Orange
  • Citrus sinensis – Sweet Orange
  • Citrus limonia – Mandarin Lime

The indigenous languages of Arrernte, Anmatyerr, Warlpiri, Pitjantjatjara and Luritja is represented in the inscription on the bronze cast coolamon seats. Translation being ‘come, sit, be’.

arrernethyaye - Coolamon seat in the Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT
arrernethyaye – Coolamon seat in the Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT
nyinakati - Coolamon seat in the Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT
nyinakati – Coolamon seat in the Gathering Garden, Alice Springs NT

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