Connell Bros Market Garden Trees

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1 Jomac Place, Rosebank

These two historic trees are on the former site of the Connell homestead and large market garden that stretched from Rosebank Road to the water’s edge. The trees, now at least 80 years old, were planted by one of the Connell brothers as a child. When this large 10 hectare area was sold in 2009, members of the Avondale community led by local resident Sigrid Shayer (then chair of the Tree Council), battled for three years to save the trees from being felled.

In March 2013 this story was documented by local artist Fiona Jack with Salome Tanuvasa as part of the Rosebank Artwalk. This included gifting a number of photographic prints to the people and groups who led the effort to save the trees, with one now on permanent display nearby at the Rosebank Peninsula community hall and church.

A short film on Rosebank titled ‘Rosebank: Cabbages, Horses and Science’ also shows the Connell brothers in action harvesting cabbages that grew on renowned rich soils of the Rosebank peninsula.

Image and information sourced from:

The Rosebank Peninsula Landscape Study by John P. Adam from Avondale Waterview Historical Society

‘Rosebank: Cabbages, Horses and Science’ by Faye Norman and Neville Exler

1947 Aerial Image Whites Aviation Ltd Ref: WA-23470-G. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand

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