Bicentennial gift stolen from Botanic Gardens

The missing sundail

A CUSTOM made sundial was stolen from the Wollongong Botanic Gardens on the night of Saturday September 29.
The sundial was taken from the Garden’s Rose Garden. It had been donated to Wollongong Botanic Garden by The Friends of Wollongong Botanic Gardens in 1988 as a Bicentennial gift.
The metal, three-legged dial was commissioned by The Friends of Wollongong Botanic Gardens from an Adelaide-based business.
Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery is pleading with anyone who might have any information or if any scrap metal dealer or anyone who is offered the sundail to contact the Police.
“I can only describe this as a low act, to take this bicentennial gift to the people of Wollongong highlights the need for us all to be vigilant,” he said.
“We lose so many of our community assets to vandalism and theft. This is community property, our property which we all have paid for and now can’t enjoy. It makes me angry and dishearten.”
Wollongong Botanic Gardens Curator Paul Tracey has appealed for anyone with information on the theft of the sundial to contact Wollongong Police.
“It was stolen during the night on Saturday and the thieves broke into the gardens through the Murphy’s Avenue entrance, opposite Braeside Ave,’’ he said.
“At the time, residents might have thought a vehicle entering the gardens at that time of night was connected to the Backyard Festival earlier that day – it wasn’t. I’d encourage anyone who might have heard or seen something to contact the police.’’



About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


4 thoughts on “Bicentennial gift stolen from Botanic Gardens

  1. What a low act! My wife & I go there every weekend without hesitation and the sundial always welcomes us into the Rose Garden.
    A very cowardly act, its not right


    Posted by Warren Ackary | October 5, 2012, 6:58 am
  2. What a low selfish act!
    My wife & I go to the Botanic Gardens every weekend without hesitation and the sun dial greets us when we walk into the Rose Garden.

    We are both shocked to say the least, whoever took this, please return it even in anon just return it!


    Posted by wazza180 | October 5, 2012, 7:00 am
  3. Agree, Warren. Let’s hope its has been sold for scrap…..


    Posted by The Bulli Times | October 5, 2012, 11:35 am
  4. Woops… slip of the key board… I meant lets hope it has NOT been sold for scrap… my mistake…


    Posted by The Bulli Times | October 5, 2012, 12:03 pm

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