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Clayton garden provides food and medicine

Date posted: 12 December 2012

An Aboriginal garden has been created in a corner of Monash University's Clayton campus. The garden contains more than 150 plants used by Aboriginal people in the past for food and medicine or to make baskets, dishes, shears, spears and even glue. The garden is helping to keep the knowledge alive.

Creator of the garden, research fellow Dr Beth Gott, said the garden had been developed over a number of years using pioneer diaries, old books and local accounts from South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania. Some plants were remembered by the local Aboriginal people, but others have been forgotten. Medicine plants have tended to be remembered, such as remedies that were used against coughs and colds.

The garden is open to the public every day, with each plant labelled with its Indigenous name, English common name, botanical name and its uses. Dr Gott said she hoped to learn more about how Aboriginal people managed the plants through fire to help conserve the environment for future generations.

Source: Waverley Leader


Monash University
Clayton campus
Wellington Road
Clayton Vic 3800
Ph: (03) 9905 4000
Fax: (03) 9905 4007


Last updated: 12 December 2012
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