Vale: Peter Cundall

Retired TV presenter best known for Gardening Australia, has died.

Retired TV presenter Peter Cundall, best known for Gardening Australia, has died aged 94.

He passed away peacefully after a short illness, surrounded by his loved ones.

“On Sunday 5th of December 2021, Peter Cundall passed away peacefully after a short illness, surrounded by his family,” his family said in a statement.

“Peter’s privacy, and the privacy of his family, is to be respected during this very sad time.

“Peter’s family does not wish to be contacted.

“While he was loved by many, as per Peter’s wishes, there will be a private cremation and no memorial services will be held.”

Cundall began working in television in 1969. Prior to that he hosted a gardening talk back program on a Launceston radio station, answering gardening questions on radio talkback from the late 1960s until 2018.

Cundall spent 39 years at ABC, hosting Gardening Australia from 1990 to 2008.

An active environmentalist, in 2009 he was arrested outside Tasmania’s Parliament House during a protest over the Gunns pulp mill. He was named Tasmania’s Australian of the Year winner in the same year.

The family requested no images of Mr Cundall be published with the announcement of his death.


Source: ABC

8 Responses

  1. RIP Peter. I remember when I was just a teenager and I began watching you on Gardening Australia. Loved tuning in every week with my mum and dad. His enthusiasm towards gardening (particularly blood and bone) was infectious 🪴

  2. Who could forget Peter’s phrase “that’s your blooming lot for the week”. A great personality that was enthusiastic and passionate about gardening and plants, enthralling and was lovely to watch. Another one of these few times when a passing over is announced where it really strikes a chord.

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