Compulsory feeding of crocodile at Taronga Park Zoo, 1934.

The Mount St John Zoo was a popular attraction in the Townsville region in the 1930s-40s, widely acclaimed as the largest privately-owned zoological garden in Australia.

Souvenir wares can inform us about the social history of their times through the imagery with which people choose to represent themselves.

Jacaranda trees in New Farm Park, c1958.

Copyright © Private Collection

Jacarandas outside Parliament House, Brisbane, 1962

'Jacaranda' from Harry Oakman, Gardening in Queensland, Brisbane, Jacaranda Press, 1960

Jacaranda trees in flower, New Farm Park, 1958. Slide by Patrick Conaghan, Private Collection

Copyright © Patrick Conaghan, Private Collection

A reminder that Jacarandas grow as far south as Melbourne, although affected there by frost. Lyons Tea card, 1959. Private Collection

Copyright © Private Collection

Under the jacaranda, 1903

R. Godfrey Rivers (1859-1925), Under the jacaranda 1903, Oil on canvas, 143.4 x 107.2cm. Purchased 1903, Collection: Queensland Art Gallery

In spring the blooms of the Jacaranda tree infuse the landscape with a distinct shade of purple.

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