For shade, colour and in memory of sacrifice: amenity and memorial tree planting in Queensland's towns and cities, 1915-55

Griggs, Peter (2015) For shade, colour and in memory of sacrifice: amenity and memorial tree planting in Queensland's towns and cities, 1915-55. Queensland Review, 22 (1). pp. 30-48.

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During the inter-war period, large areas of Queensland were deforested. Yet running parallel to this process was the deliberate planting of trees, although on a small-scale and located mostly throughout the state's towns and cities. This paper outlines the history of street, memorial and highway tree planting activities in Queensland between 1915 and 1955. The discussion will highlight that the creation of tree-filled parks and streets was a continuation of an activity that commenced in the late nineteenth century. The main reason for the persistence of tree planting in Queensland's urban centres was to improve the quality of the urban landscape, especially through the provision of shade against the harsh Queensland sun. However, trees were also planted in memory of those soldiers killed during the First and Second World Wars, and as part of roadside enhancement projects that sought to provide colourful surroundings for motorists, especially the increasing numbers of tourists flocking to Queensland. Overwhelmingly, ornamental flowering trees, often exotic species, continued to be favoured by the municipal authorities responsible for the majority of this tree planting.

Item ID: 38998
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2049-7792
Keywords: tree planting, street trees, Queensland, town planning, amenity trees, memorial trees, urban beautification, public gardens, environmental history, Brisbane
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 00:37
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1604 Human Geography > 160499 Human Geography not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970121 Expanding Knowledge in History and Archaeology @ 50%
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