Australian Garden History present: Caves House and its Landscape Setting
A Talk by Chris Betteridge
Caves House [Image courtesy of Jenolan Caves]
AGHS foundation member Chris Betteridge specialises in the identification, assessment, management and interpretation of historic cultural landscapes. In mid-2014 Chris and Margaret Betteridge were engaged to carry out a preliminary heritage assessment of movable heritage at Jenolan Caves within the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area. In 2016 Chris provided the landscape input to a conversation management plan (CMP) for the Jenolan Karst Conservation Reserve. Since then Chris and Margaret have completed their assessment of movable heritage and a draft CMP for the building and its landscape setting of Caves House, the iconic tourist hotel at Jenolan. They are now working with the Jenolan Caves Reserve Trust and other consultants to ensure that planned upgrades to Caves House respect its exceptional heritage values. As part of his research on Caves House, Chris discovered that Joseph Maiden (1859-1925) had supervised landscape improvements around the building in the late 19th century while he was Director of Sydney’s Botanic Gardens and that plant collector and botanist William Blakely (1875-1941) had worked as a gardener at Jenolan.
When: Wednesday 18 July, 7pm – 8:30pm
Where: The Annie Wyatt Room, National Trust Centre, Observatory Hill (free onsite parking available)
Cost: AGHS members $20; guests $30; students $5 (includes light refreshments)