Dr Anna Howe ‘Planting Democracy: Plantings, Places and People in the Parliamentary Triangle’ - CANCELLED

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Thursday, 16 April 2020 - 12:30pm

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Anna, an urban geographer, has discovered on her many walks around the Parliamentary Triangle, how those who created this landscape have expressed our democracy and changing national identity.  Now facing increasing and diverse demands, how will this centre of the nation continue to evolve?

Abstract

As an urban geographer, Anna has been exploring Canberra's landscapes since returning to live here on her retirement.  In many walks around the Parliamentary Triangle, she has discovered how those who created this landscape have expressed our democracy and changing national identity.  Now facing increasing and diverse demands, how will this centre of the nation continue to evolve?

Biography

Dr Anna Howe has a BA and MA in urban geography, and a PhD from Monash University in geographical analysis of systems of aged care in Melbourne which took her into a career in research and policy work in ageing and aged care.  Anna retired about five years ago and moved back to Canberra around that time.  She lived here in 1975 when she worked in the Department of Urban and Regional Development, and again from 1989-93 when she was head of the Office for the Aged in the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing.  Her urban interests in Canberra have been revived and she is finding many avenues for exploration through the National Trust, Australian Garden History Society and the Arboretum, as well as the ANBG Friends.