Tuesday, December 28, 2010

The pride of the hospital

This magnolia tree in the grounds of the former Seacliff Hospital north of Dunedin has become known as "Janet Frame's magnolia". It was in fact, a magnolia in the garden of a doctor's residence. Frame immortalised such a magnolia in her novel drawing on her hospital experiences, and there is a plaque honouring her at the base of the tree.

The plaque was first unveiled in 1997, but a more permanent base was installed for it in March 2004, when it was rededicated at a ceremony attended by many Seacliff locals.

The plaque quotes a passage from Janet Frame that mentions "the magnolia tree (the pride of the hospital) in bloom" ~ Faces in the Water

Juliet Novena Sorrel reads from Janet Frame's writings.
Sunday March 28th 2004

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