Item 1 - Concerning Olive Pink

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Concerning Olive Pink


  • 1963-2018 (Creation)

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Lindsay Dinham Crawford OAM (1926-2017) lived on the family farm in the north-west until the age of nine, when he moved to Hobart to attend the Hutchins School. His father built a house backing onto Lambert Reserve, where Lindsay developed his lifelong interest in flora and fauna while hiking in the bush. His father’s health forced a move to Western Australia where Lindsay completed his education at Scotch College in 1944. After the family’s return to Tasmania the following year, he studied science at the University of Tasmania and graduated BSc in 1948. He went on to further study in entomology at Sydney University, before starting his first job as Biologist at the Queen Victoria Museum in Launceston.
He was an active member of the Launceston Walking Club from 1950-55 as secretary, contributor to the Skyline magazine and walks leader. He also began his long involvement with the Youth Hostels Association (YHA) – volunteering and assisting in the formation of a Tasmanian branch.
Those interests continued in Victoria. Joining the Victorian National Parks Association in 1960, he was a highly regarded member who made submissions and wrote to newspapers advocating for the protection of national parks, including the creation of the Alpine National Park. He received the Order of Australia Medal in 2001 for service to the community – particularly through the Victorian YHA.

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Donated by the wife of Lindsay Crawford

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Material concerning Olive Pink includes :
• Letter 11.5.63 to Lindsay from Olive Pink at Home Hut, Native Flora Reserve, Alice Springs
• Christmas card 3.1 .66 to Lindsay from Olive Pink
• Article 'She of the Never-Never' in HQ, November/December 1966
• Article 'Miss Pink's garden' in Australian Garden History, Vol 10 No 3, November/December 1998
• Newspaper article 'Tribute to desert trailblazer' in The Age, Saturday 26th May, 2018
• Newspaper article 'Where they rest in peace' in The Senior, undated
• Pamphlet: Olive Pink: Arid Zone Botanic Garden, undated
• Genealogy (3 pages). Olive Pink believed she and Lindsay were 3rd cousins

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This material is made available for personal research and study purposes under the University of Tasmania Standard Copyright Licence. For any further use permission should be obtained from the copyright owners. For assistance please contact

When reusing this material, please cite the reference number and provide the following acknowledgement:
“Courtesy of the UTAS Library Special & Rare Collections”

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  • English

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WR 22.11.21




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