GENEROUS GIFT: Wagga City Council’s David Walker joins Rosemary Simpson and mayor Rod Kendall in the botanic gardens to honour Mrs Simpson’s late husband David Lloyd Jones. Picture: Stephen Mudd
It was the sort of phone call Wagga council rarely gets: a generous offer to the botanicgardens.
Rosemary Simpson, widow of former David Jones chairman David Lloyd Jones, found out about the garden named in his honour about 18 months ago and with her family decided to do something to contribute.
Mrs Simpson had visited Wagga with her husband when they opened the first David Jones store outsideSydney in Wagga in 1955.
Following Mr Jones’ tragic death from cancer at the age of 30, then-store manager Mr Griffiths organised to build a rose garden at the botanic gardens in hishonour with the help of the staff.
“He spoke to the people at the gardens and organised the roses in memory of David,” Mrs Simpson said.
Mrs Simpson recalled her first visit to the city.
“We drove down from Sydney in a Mini Minor with a baby on my lap,” Mrs Simpson said.
“David was a lovely young man but he was always keen to save the shareholders’ money.”
Mayor Rod Kendall said Mr Jones’ family had offered their support for the garden.
“They arranged and paid for a new, updated plaque,” Mr Kendall said.
“They also paid for several new rose bushes which we’ve placed around the garden.
“It’s lovely since David Jones played a role in the original creation of the gardens themselves.”
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