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Fabulous image of Stirling Gardens in the Western Mail on 12 December 1913.


























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Proclaimed in 1845, Stirling Gardens is the oldest public garden in WA. Named after Captain Stirling, one of the garden’s earliest roles was to trial and acclimatise plants brought by settlers from Europe and the Cape of Africa. 

From 1840 the site acted as Perth’s botanic garden until the Kings Park Botanic Garden was established in 1960. The current garden features an extensive range of plants and trees which include English Oaks, planted as acorns brought from England in the 1840s, Canary Island Palms planted in the 1920’s and a Stone Pine native of Southern Europe and Turkey planted in the 1850’s.







Originally established by the Perth Vineyard Society in 1845 with Government approval, the Gardens were leased to Henry Laroche Cole for a ten-year period in 1846, and were eventually returned to Government control at the end of that period. In 1868 Enoch Barratt was appointed as the Government Gardener to tend Government Gardens (now known as Stirling Gardens), a position which he held until he retired in 1880.

It is one of a series of landscape features that is classified by the National Trust.

The statue of Alexander Forrest, the brother of Sir John Forrest, was constructed by Pietro Porcelli. It was first made in Guildford clay, then in plaster of Paris—sent to Italy to cast it in wax and finally in bronze. It was unveiled by Premier Walter James on 28 August 1903. 
It was moved to its current location in 1916.


Stirling Gardens is the oldest garden in the City of Perth and thanks to its kangaroo statues, also one of the most recognisable and most photographed.

Named after Governor James Stirling, the gardens were first used by colonial botanist James Drummond as an acclimatisation garden in the 1830s to raise specimens from seeds. The reserve officially opened as Perth’s first botanical garden in 1845.

The kangaroo sculptures, a water feature, a huge Moreton Bay Fig tree and fabled May Gibbs’ creations Snugglepot and Cuddlepie are some of the more interesting aspects of this parkland.Many events are held in the gardens throughout the year including an ANZAC Day service, Opera in the Park and Carols by Candlelight.








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