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Olive Pink : Artist, Activist & Gardener - Gillian Ward

Olive Pink

Artist, Activist & Gardener

Hardcover Published: 1st May 2018
ISBN: 9781743793602
Number Of Pages: 240

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Olive Pink: Artist, Activist & Gardener presents a superb selection of original paintings of the iconic flowers of the Central Australian region, alongside a fascinating biography featuring beautifully reproduced memorabilia of a colourful and unconventional historical Australian figure.

A fiercely independent woman ahead of her time, 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.

Olive Pink’s many beautiful 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.


A very interesting read


I love history, particularly Australian history and this book was about a lady who I had never heard of. I saw the book reviewed in a magazine and the words 'Artist, Activist and Gardener' sparked my interest. I bought the book as a gift but decided to read it first. I got a great deal of pleasure from the read. Next time I visit Alice Springs I will definitely visit the Olive Pink Botanic Garden now knowing the history and person behind its existence.



A beautiful book


I gave this book as a gift for a gardening friend who loves the Olive Pink garden in Alice Springs, she loves the book



Olive Pink


this book may have been more interesting to me having lived in the NT for 6 years however feel anyone with history/botanical interests would enjoy, have lent the book to friends already !




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ISBN: 9781743793602
ISBN-10: 174379360X
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st May 2018
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 26.2 x 21.0
Weight (kg): 41.98