Papers of Claude and Isobel Crowe




A collection of gardens plans, nursery catalogues, books and business papers relating to the life and work of Claude Colquhoun Crowe AM (1914-1999) and his wife Isobel Florence Crowe, nee Tacon (1913-2009), covering their early employment by Sydney seed merchants Anderson & Co. as well as the operation of their garden business Berrima Bridge Nurseries 1943-1999

Claude Colquhoun Crowe AM (1914-1999) and his wife Isobel Florence Crowe, nee Tacon (1913-2009) were noted horticulturists who, as owners and operators of Berrima Bridge Nurseries for more than 50 years, built a state-wide reputation for growing and retailing cold climate trees and shrubs. The early years of Claude and Isobel's partnership was shaped by the outbreak of World War II and their involvement in the Australian Government's war-time "Mother Seed" program, growing seeds for the Commonwealth Vegetable Seeds Committee. Isobel Tacon was one of the first women to qualify in horticulture through Sydney Technical College and was a foundation office bearer of the Australian Institute of Horticulture. Claude Crowe was a foundation member of the Australian Nursery Association (later the Nursery Industry Association of Australia). He was also a landscape planner who developed planting schemes for many gardens in NSW, particularly in the Southern Highlands. His training in this area came from his early employment as manager of the garden planning department of the Sydney firm of Anderson & Co, Seed Merchants, which brought him into contact with the noted landscape designer Paul Sorensen

Item level entries can located in HHT Library Catalogue link provided above (search term: Claude Crowe)


Business records; Catalogues

Claude Crowe; Isabel Crowe

Garden design; Nurseries, Horticulture

Coverage Spatial

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; Berrima, New South Wales, Australia

Coverage Temporal



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