Archives Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016)

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Archives Collection Talk by Stephanie Smith (2016).


Aspen Tree Slice (c1865-2011)Tauranga’s famous Aspen Tree (actually a Canadian Cottonwood) was located on the corner of Willow and McLean streets from c1865 until safety concerns and the tree’s declining health necessitated its removal in 2011. Legend told of the tree’s origins as being from a soldier who dismounted from his horse and pushed his switch into the fertile soil. However history tells that the tree originated as part of a shelter belt planted in the 1860s to shelter the gardens of the Church Missionary Society’s Maori Boys’ School that was part of the Mission Station. This piece of the Aspen was gifted to the library by the city arborist in 2011.

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