47-02 River Red Gum and plaque

To the north of the Playspace, where East Terrace curves to the right, is a very large river red gum.

The age of the tree is unknown but it’s most unlikely to pre-date European settlement. It was probably planted in the 1870’s, or later. On an aerial photo of the Park, taken in 1936 it’s clearly visible as a large tree, even then.

At the base of the tree is a plaque placed by the Australia-Japan Association - honouring the Friendship Anniversaries that were celebrated from 1995 to 1998.

The plaque – installed in 1997 – says that this grove of trees is dedicated as a living symbol of the bonds of friendship that Australia shares with Japan.

NOW, WALK SOUTH-EAST, A SHORT DISTANCE ACROSS THE PARK TO THE REAR OF THE PLAYGROUND.

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