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Open 8.30 am -- 5.00 pm daily
Clunies Ross Street (next to Telstra Tower)
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AUSTRALIA'S PLANTS, AUSTRALIA'S GARDEN
Monday 18 to Sunday 24 January
Be charmed by our live displays of Australian snakes, lizards, frogs and turtles
Presented in partnership with the ACT Herpetological Association
10 -- 4 weekdays • 10 -- 6 Saturday and Sunday
Crosbie Morrison Building
$5 adults, $4 concession, $2 children
Saturdays and Sundays throughout January (9,10,16,17,23,24,30,31)
Chill out on the Eucalypt Lawn with family, friends and Canberra's best bands
Enjoy wine, beer and soft drinks available from the Friends of the Gardens
Gold coin donation.
6.30pm -- 8pm
A story from the heart
Love -- a word so strong that for centuries it has been a driving force for battles and
adventures, a reason to stay or a reason to go. LOUISE IRWIN delves into the past
to answer the question -- is love strong enough to outlast a war?
Isabel Platt-Hepworth had longed for
the moment so much that she forgave
herself a few tears.
It came in a time when the world was
turned upside down, but for just that
moment everything seemed still.
It was December 22, 1939 and news
of World War II had reached Australian
shores. Standing beside Isabel in Sydney's
St Mark's Church in Darling Point
was her new husband, Captain Alfred
Thomas Jakins Bell.
For most couples, this time should be
one of elated joy -- but this very special
couple knew that their time together was
Time was not something that they
had on their side. With their marriage
ceremony taking place only 10 days after
Alfred's proposal, there was a great sense
of urgency, as her husband was to be
posted on overseas ser vice within days.
There they both stood, defying an
unknown future, without knowing when
they would have another chance to look
into each others eyes.
Alfred was born in 1913 and was a
regular army officer from Melbourne who
trained at Duntroon and was educated in
Civil Engineering at Sydney University.
It was during his years in Sydney,
where he met Isabel, the daughter of
a Sydney solicitor. From the moment
they met, they knew it was something
special. But with Alfred moving back to
his hometown of Melbourne, and Isabel
working in her father's law firm, distance
During the late 1930s, Alfred still
thought frequently about Isabel but decided
to join the British Army in India to gain
experience and it was on the ship home
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