Mal Padgett, part of the Arthur Bugg family tree, passed me some photographs of their family reunion of 26 descendants around the staff memorial tree at Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne on 19 November 2015.
It is 70 years this year since the Brush Box tree was planted in Bugg’s memory.
Their relative Arthur William Bugg of the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne staff died on 2 November 1915 in Egypt during the Gallipoli campaign.
Bugg and staff member Flight Sergeant E W Hiskins of the RAAF (died 1944) are remembered by a Brush Box tree planted by Ernest Henry Bugg, Arthur’s brother on 10 September 1946.
Press cuttings from previous reunions and the 1946 planting:
Arthur William Bugg’s entry in the Bugg family bible. According to Elaine Upton, granddaughter of Ernest, both Arthur and his brother Ernest worked at their Gardens with their father Isaac.
If you want to find the Tree in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne:
Brave men remembered by their families many years on.
Posted by Mark Norris, World War Zoo gardens project, Newquay Zoo.