There is a life story in all of us and during “lockdown “ Graeme Morrison wrote his,  titled “ The Stairway To Me.”  Graeme comes from an old Doncaster orchard family and for 32 years he and his brother ran the Morrison’s Nursery in Williamsons Rd. where many of us bought shrubs and seedlings for our gardens.

Graeme’s Grandfather George Cameron and Great Uncle Fred Cameron were founding members of Doncaster Bowls Club. His Mother Leila Morrison and Father Arch Morrison were also members.

Of his book Graeme has written…….


” Graeme tells the story of the orcharding pioneers of Doncaster, and of growing up in an orcharding family in the days when Doncaster was clothed in fruit trees.

His religion tends to be plants , he has no other religion and tells you why. He has been known to go up to a good looking tree and give it a hug! He cuts his toenails with his secateurs!

After gaining a degree in Agricultural Science he lectured in Horticulture for a few years. He has been a presenter in gardening radio programs for many years.

He and his brother Don ran a retail plant nursery for 32 years.

He and his wife Leonie have travelled to more than 60 countries in our world. In most of these countries Graeme sussed out the local botanical gardens and art galleries.

He loves his family.”


Graeme has sent copies of his book to the State Library of NSW and  the State Library of Victoria, the National Library in Canberra, and to the Prahran Mechanics Institute Library which specialises in history of Victoria.

Did you know the Graeme’s father Arch planted the dahlia bed next to the Bob Grisold back green?

If you are interested in the history of Doncaster or in Graeme’s personal story he will be at Doncaster Bowls Club next Wednesday with his books, there you will have the chance to buy one at $25 of which $5 goes to the Club.

Lyn Goodman.