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Treasury Gardens

Created in 1867 on 5.84 ha next to the Treasury Building and other offices of the colonial government, the Treasury Gardens were designed by Clement Hodgkinson, who also designed the Flagstaff Gardens and neighbouring Fitzroy Gardens. Early in the 20th century William Guilfoyle, director of the (Royal) Botanic Gardens, transformed the pond into a Japanese garden, photographs of which regularly appeared in newspapers and tourist guides, although its popularity did not survive World War II. The gardens, which contain many fine trees, have become a setting for political rallies because of their proximity to major government offices.

Georgina Whitehead