Plaque for "The Grand Old Gardener, " William Francis Anderson (1845-1935). Born in Ireland , he became Townsville's first Curator of Parks (1878-1934).The plaque is in the 25 hectares Anderson Gardens , one of Townsville's fine botanic parks. In 1877 he was appointed "the practical gardener " at the Townsville Botanic Reserve , now known as Queen's Gardens . In l932 he was praised for turning the city into the Tropical Eden of Australia and was 88 when he retired .
Anderson Gardens strollers .