Fremantle Stuff > Places > Proclamation Tree
The Proclamation Tree is on a traffic island at the intersection of Adelaide, Parry (formerly Edward), Quarry, and Queen Victoria (formerly Cantonment Rd) Streets. There is a sign beneath.
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 motto, PLAY THE GAME.
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 Marmion Memorial is adjacent >
Hutchison, David 2006, Fremantle Walks, Fremantle Arts Centre Press: 182.
Garry Gillard | New: 10 October, 2015 | Now: 16 December, 2018