• Separation tree planted to honour colonisation of Victoria from NSW

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    HISTORIC PLANTING: Member for Northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes and Seven Creeks Ward councillor John Mason, planting the Strathbogie Shire’s very first Separation Tree.

    A sapling from a historic tree symbolising the separation of the colony of Victoria from NSW has been planted at Euroa’s Seven Creeks Park.

    Jaclyn Symes (MLC, Northern Victoria) and Seven Creeks Councillor John Mason planted the sapling, which will one day grow into a River Red Gum known as the ‘Separation Tree’, which Strathbogie Shire Council received at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne.

    July 1, 1851 is known as Victoria Day – or the day the state marks the anniversary Victoria separated from its northern neighbour state New South Wales.

    Several months earlier, thousands of people joined a parade from William Street (Melbourne) across the new Princes Bridge to the Botanic Gardens, where Superintendent Charles Latrobe made a speech beneath a grand River Red Gum, which became known as the Separation Tree.

    This tree was placed on the National Trust of Victoria’s Significant Tree Register in 1982, however, was years later vandalised between 2010 and 2013 and attempts to save the tree failed.

    In June 2015, arborists completed works to save it, leaving just the trunk and three leafless limbs.

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