If there is any Alice Springs monument or project that …

Comment on Benefactor was there at the start of huge art movement by John Bell.

If there is any Alice Springs monument or project that deserves Mr Fannin’s goodhearted philanthropy, it is the Olive Pink Botanic Garden, the site of Miss Pink’s residence on the banks of the Todd.
Miss Pink, the botanist, the first white Aussie champion of Central Desert native flora, while never forgetting the very first treasured flower she saw in her native Tasmania as a child.
Miss Pink, white Aussie champion of the family rights of Central Australian Aboriginal women and children, as her gardener, Johnny Jambajimba Yannarilyi soon found out in the 1960s.
Every payday Arnold, Warren and I took Johnny’s wages out to her place under strict instructions that it be in dollar coins. Miss Pink would then ration Johnny to a dollar a day, banking the rest to ensure that Johnny’s wife and children were properly fed and clothed.
All the while, Miss Pink refused unemployment benefits for herself and tried to be self sufficient, scraping along as best she could.
Miss Pink, the social reform agitator, relentlessly bombarding the authorities with letters of protest and in-your-face demands, particularly in the interests of the disadvantaged Aboriginal community.
Miss Pink, the local character, self-proclaimed “Alician”, complete with parasol and Mary Poppins look-alike attire walking around town, born on St Patrick’s day, cheekily claiming that she was blessed because her Flora and Fauna Reserve was free of snakes, just like the Emerald Isle.
Miss Pink, who walked the walk and talked the talk, never taking a backward step for Alician causes that she believed in. Passionately.
And all this from her little ramshackle cubby house hut in what is now the Olive Pink Botanic Garden. Stinking hot in summer, freezing cold in winter.
Yep. Mr Fannin, your largesse could not be bestowed to a more worthy project, in fond memory of a most worthy Alician.

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