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Wynyard Tourist Association
…. Trees … The matter of a soldiers’ avenue was mentioned, but it was thought very little could be done in this direction this year, as it is the aim of the association to make the work worthy of the cause. Several trees will be planted around the town however.
The North-Western Advocate and Emu Bay Times August 2 1918 p3
Trees and tree felling have loomed largely in the activities of the Progress and Tourist Association during the past few days. In regard to the felling business – one prominent member of the committee calls it ‘fouling’ – a narrow escape from serious injury occurred during the activities of some of its members who were busy blazing the track for the others on the following Saturday. Either the “bee” was exceptionally energetic or the particular tree was not as strong as it looked, for after the “bee” had given it one or two “foul swoops” it toppled over, and it was not the only thing that fell at the same time. Beyond a few nasty bruises the other victim of the felling incident escaped injury, and lives to “fall” another day. The Returned Soldiers’ Association has handed the secretary 7/8s for one of the trees to be planted along the Main road. Four more are wanted, who will follow on? The progressive members of the community will make another contribution to the park improvement scheme this afternoon, and invite all those who take pride in the town to assist.
The North-Western Advocate and Emu Bay Times August 10 1918 p2
Planting of Trees “Forms Admirable Memorial”
“the planting and dedicating of trees forms and admirable memorial and I am glad Wynyard will remember its debt to the past in this way,” said the Governor (Sir Ronald Cross) in a message to the Wynyard Sesquicentenary committee, which commenced its tree planting programme yesterday.
Trees were planted in memory of fallen servicemen, the sesquicentenary pioneers and the Royal visit. A military guard came smartly to attention as each tree was planted. The Burnie Marine Board Band played appropriate music.
Many people watched the ceremony held on the East Wynyard foreshore, where the first trees on the sesquicentenary committee programme were planted.
The message from the Governor was read by the president of the committee (rev A G Costelloe). He said the committee intended to plant 150 trees in East and West Wynyard – one for each year of Tasmanian settlement. Some would be memorials for pioneers of the district, and others for the fallen.
Before planting the first tree in memory of the Army dead, Brigadier G E W Hurley, State Commandant, said: “May this tree be planted in remembrance, and not be forgotten.”
In planting the tree in remembrance of the Air Force, Group Captain Pearce reminded onlookers that the tree would represent more than 10,000 dead airmen.
Trees for the Navy and the Unknown Soldier were planted by Lieutenant Commander J R Killick and Mr E H O’Brien, president of the Wynyard RSL.
Representing the State Government the Minister for Housing (Mr Bramich) planted a tree in memory of the sesquicentenary. In his address he said our forefathers came out from the Mother Country to carve their farms out of the virgin forest. They suffered great hardships. A few scholars of the first Wynyard school were still living, he said, and they were among those descended from the first pioneers.
A member of the sesquicentenary committee (Mrs C A Maddox) planted a tree in memory of the pioneers, and the Deputy Warden (Cr A A Flint) planted one in memory of the Royal visit.
Cr Flint said the committee and the RSL sub-branch were to be commended for eth excellent work they were doing for the community.
Advocate April 26th 1954
Are We Civilised?
Is it a civilised country that we are living in, when, after a group of citizens has done good work for the benefit of the community, others should wantonly destroy this work?
This is the question many residents of Wynyard must be asking following the destruction by vandals of guards surrounding memorial trees planted on Anzac Day.
The trees were planted by civic and armed services representatives on the day we remember our fallen of four wars. The ceremony at East Wynyard was a solemn one. A military guard stood at attention, and a band played martial music.
There was no merriment as the trees were planted inside the neat white wooden guards to be an everlasting memory of fallen servicemen., pioneers of the district, the sesquicentenary and the visit of the Queen. It was a solemn ceremony, and those who were there said, “Lest we forget.”
But others evidently did forget, for only a week afterwards, 10 tree guards were found torn from the ground and destroyed.
What an insult to all servicemen – those who came back, and those who did not. What an insult it is to the pioneers, and to our Queen; an insult to all who were at that ceremony, to the sesquicentenary committee, to all true citizens of Wynyard.
And how discouraging it is for the sesquicentenary committee, which spent time and effort to make the guards, secure the trees, and arranged for the visit of service chiefs. The committee, largely the same as that which made such a success of the town’s part of the Royal visit, embarked on Anzac Day on a scheme of planting 150 trees to form a memorial avenue beginning at East Wynyard and continuing to the western side of the town; 150 trees, one for each year of Tasmanian settlement – or civilisation.
It was, and is, a splendid effort, not equalled in Tasmania to mark the sesquicentenary, marred by the action of some who have obviously not reached the jungle stage of evolution.
Not only in Wynyard is vandalism present of course. Recently, the Burnie Pex Club’s children swimming pool was put out of action through exactly the same type of action.
Should we let it continue?
Advocate May 7th 1954