Fremantle Stuff > places > Proclamation Tree
The Proclamation Tree is on a traffic island in what is apparently called Mayor's Park at the intersection of Adelaide, Parry (formerly Edward), Quarry, and Queen Victoria (formerly Cantonment Road) Streets. This sign was beneath it until 2020 when it was removed, presumably stolen.
THIS TREE WAS PLANTED
ON OCTOBER 21st 1890 BY
HIS EXCELLENCY SIR W.F. ROBINSON, GOVERNOR.
ON THE OCCASION OF THE GRANTING OF
RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT TO THE STATE
OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA
BY HER MAJESTY QUEEN VICTORIA.
THIS PLATE WAS PRESENTED AND ERECTED BY FREMANTLE BOYS' SCHOOL 18-12-30
On the top of the sign is the School's crest with a coronet surmounted by a black swan, with, underneath, the school motto, PLAY THE GAME.
The Marmion Memorial is adjacent >
The Moreton Bay fig (ficus macrophylla) was, as the sign says, planted by the WA Governor, Sir William Robinson, on Trafalgar Day, 21 October 1890, to commemorate the granting of responsible government to the colony. The tree is thought to have been provided by Philip Webster.
The photos of St Patrick's which follow show earlier stages of the growth of the tree:
Hutchison, David, Fremantle Walks: 182.
Garry Gillard | New: 10 October, 2015 | Now: 5 July, 2020