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The Old Gum Tree

Source: Go to the Register of the National Estate for more information.
Identifier: 6257
Location: MacFarlane St, Glenelg North
Local
Government:
Holdfast Bay City
State: SA
Country: Australia
Statement of
Significance:
The Old Gum Tree marks the spot where South Australia was first proclaimed. Fifty years later the spot was again used to photograph original colonists. Every year the proclamation of SA is recreated on the site. The tree is inextricably wound about South Australia's beginning and celebrations of the historical fact.

(The Commission is in the process of developing and/or upgrading official statements for places listed prior to 1991. The above data was mainly provided by the nominator and has not yet been revised by the Commission.)
Description: On 28 December 1836, Governor Hindmarsh and party landed at Holdfast Bay and in the name of King William IV took possession of the land by reading under the venerable blue gum tree near the shore, the order in council creating South Australia a British colony. J Hector gave the land on the 28 December 1857 so that the tree could be permanently preserved and protected.
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