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Monday, 29 May 2017 15:57
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John Lincoln from Cullinan writes:
I am writing to you with regard to your recent article regarding the removal of “historical” trees at the hotel. I have done some research and found that the trees have no historical value. They were not there in 1976, and it is doubtful they were there in 1991; I have the survey photos from those dates.

There were some trees in the area of the present hotel car park, which according to my son-in-law who grew up in this village, were mulberry trees. There used to be a car park there which had steps up to the old bottle store and those trees which were removed were not there then.

When the shopping centre was sold in the mid-nineties the car park at the top was added and the wall between this car park and the now hotel car park was erected.

It does not mean that we do not have historical trees in the village, the most famous is the tree planted in 1953 by the Cullinan Girl Guides to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

It is in the mine’s area and is complete with a plaque and a chained perimeter fence. Also in the same area there is the peace tree planted by the then general manager, Ken Owen, in 2008 and it also has a suitable plaque.

When the mine re-opened after World War II the workers used to work on Saturday mornings. The GM at that time, Hugh Hodgson, used these mornings to plant trees in both the railway and hospital areas. In fact, the names of the streets in the hospital area reflect the names of the trees planted in the streets. The ones planted in Hospital Street became known as the kissing Jacaranda.

There are also the trees in Oak Ave. Legend has it that the oak trees planted in the garden of McHardy House were planted by the McHardy sisters, who came to Cullinan in 1903. We have pictorial evidence to suggest these would have been planted about 1905.

We also must not forget the golf course. When the mine was opened in late 1902 there were only a few thorn trees in the area, and when the course was opened in 1905 trees were planted, mostly bluegums, which the mine also grew for its own use.

I suspect all the jacarandas about the village and on the golf course were planted just after the Second World War.

You can rest assured that the Cullinan Heritage Society would do all in our power to resist any removal of the aforementioned trees.
Thanks for the information and your interest in The Bronberger. However, we disagree about the age of the jacaranda trees in the village. In June 2014 we did an article on the historical house in which Basie Vivier grew up in Coronation Street.

His sister, Aletta Vivier, was born in the house in 1936. A photograph where she is standing at the garden gate at about the age of two years shows jacaranda trees on the pavement in the exact same places where they still stand today. – Ed

Aletta Vivier at the garden gate with the jacaranda trees in the background on the pavement in Coronation Street, circa 1937/8




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