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72 Queensland Kauri pines to celebrate the Arboretum’s official opening

Sherwood Arboretum’s Sir Matthew Nathan Avenue is one of the few examples in Australia where a wide cross-section of the community came together to plant an avenue of trees to mark the opening of an arboretum or botanic gardens.

On the 21 March 1925, the Queensland Governor, Sir Mathew Nathan and William Jolly, the first Lord Mayor of Greater Brisbane, joined guests in planting the iconic avenue of 72 Queensland Kauri pines to celebrate the Arboretum’s official opening. Each of these rainforest giants bears the name of the citizen who helped create this historic record of Brisbane society in the 1920s.

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      1925 Kauri Avenue tree planters

      Growing an idea … Sir Matthew Nathan (seated with hat) joins guests of the Queensland Forestry Association at Avonleigh, the Sherwood home of Francis and Julia Nixon, on 1 November 1924 to discuss Brisbane’s future arboretum.

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      Sir Matthew Nathan

      The popular State Governor of Queensland from 3 December 1920 to 17 September 1925. A graduate of the Royal Military Academy, Sir Matthew also was Governor of Hong Kong and three African countries.

      image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.
      Sir-Charles-Hercules-Read

      Sir Charles Hercules Read

      British archaeologist and a noted member of the British Museum. Guest of Sir Matthew Nathan during a visit to Australia in March 1925. At 24.29 metres, Sir Hercules’ tree is the tallest Queensland Kauri tree in the Avenue.

      Image courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
      Sir-Matthew-Nathan

      George Trotter

      An early local resident and farmer. A member of a pioneering Irish family, who settled on land beside Oxley Creek, Corinda in the 1860s.

      Ald-Frederick-Arthur-Stimson

      Ald Frederick Arthur StimPson

      Newly-elected member of the first Greater Brisbane City Council in 1925 and a former Chairmanof Stephens Shire Council. Stimson wasa prominent cattle breeder of Fairfield in Brisbane.

      Image courtesy of City Archives, Brisbane City Council.
      William-Alfred-Jolly

      Ald William Alfred Jolly

      Elected the first Mayor and later first Lord Mayorof GreaterBrisbane City Council in 1925, following the merging of 20 Local Government areas. A former accountant, he was well respected for his commitment to our city.

      Image courtesy of City Archives, Brisbane City Council.
      John-Harry-Coyne

      John Harry Coyne

      An elected member of State Parliament 1908 to 1923 and former President of the Land Court. As Lands Minister, he played a prominent role in the 1920s working to conserve the timber resources of Queensland.

      Image courtesy of the Queensland Parliamentary Library.
      Archbishop-James-Duhig

      Archbishop Sir James Duhig

      Born in County Limerick, Ireland, his driving energy saw him become one of Queensland’s leading Catholic Church leaders over almost 60 years until his death in 1965.

      Image courtesy of Fryer Library, The University of Queensland.
      Ald-Hugh-McDiarmid-Russell

      Ald Hugh McDiarmid Russell

      A leading businessman, Vice-Mayor in the first Greater Brisbane City Council in 1925. Elected to the Queensland Parliament in 1926 and later Leader of the Queensland United Australia Party.

      Image courtesy of City Archives, Brisbane City Council.
      Thomas-Fielding

      Thomas Fielding

      A Sherwood resident and teacher for 51 years and Head Teacher of Sherwood State School from 1914 to 1927. On 21 August 1925, 100 of his students completed the first community planting in the Sherwood Arboretum.

      Image courtesy of the grandchildren of Thomas Fielding.
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      James Garfield Bayley, MP

      Born in Tasmania, a graduate of Stanford University, California. A teacher and school principal in Queensland. Bayley served as the Federal Member for Oxley from 1917 to 1931 and later in State Parliament.

      Image courtesy of the National Library of Australia.
      Charles-William-Lyon

      Charles William Lyon

      The last Chairman of Sherwood Shire Council from 1920 to 1925. The Shire purchased the Arboretum land for ‘park and water purposes’ in 1923. Vice-President of first Sherwood Shire Show Society in 1921.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.
      Arthur-Rewa-Webb

      Arthur Rewa Webb

      Named after Rewa Island, Fiji, where his father served as a Minister with the Wesleyan Church. A partner in a Brisbane real estate company and one of the final Sherwood Shire Councillors in 1925.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.
      Thomas-George-Johnston

      Thomas George Johnston

      The second son of the pioneering Johnston family from Ireland. A Sherwood master builder, Chairman of the Sherwood State School Committee for 25 years and a Sherwood Shire Councillor from 1920 to 1925.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.

      Harold Evelyn Wawn

      Born in Durham, England and served with the Queensland Forestry Service’s harvesting and marketing branch. Appointed to the newly formed State branch of the Empire Forestry Association in March 1922.

      Arthur-Rewa-Webb

      Thomas Nimmo

      A former company director, serving on both the Ipswich City Council and during the last years of the Sherwood Shire Council. A Corinda resident, represented Oxley in State Parliament from 1929 to 1943.

      Edwin-Lewis-Jerrems

      Edwin Lewis Jerrems

      A former Alderman with Lane Cove Council in Sydney, worked as a manager in Brisbane’s printing trade. A Graceville resident, electrical engineer and President of both the Sherwood Shire Show Society and Sherwood Progress Association. Councillor with Sherwood Shire Council until 1925.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.
      Joseph-William-Hammond

      Joseph William Hammond

      A Graceville resident, electrical engineer and president of both the Sherwood Shire Show Society and Sherwood Progress Association. Councillor with Sherwood Shire Council until 1925.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.

      Charles Jesse Povey

      During his 19 years with the Queensland Forestry Service, he worked closely with the Forestry Board Chairman, Edward Swain in harvesting and marketing, before joining a private timber business in 1938.

      Alexander-John-Robinson

      ALEXANDER JOHN ROBINSON

      A Corinda resident and former President of the Sherwood Volunteer Fire Brigade, Corinda Progress Association and Oxley Golf Club. An elected member of the Sherwood Shire Council until 1925.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.
      Thomas-Murray-Hall

      Thomas Murray Hall

      A Corinda resident and successful accountant. Served first as Sherwood Divisional Board Chairman and in 1898 as a Brisbane City Council Alderman. Hall was elected in 1906 to the Queensland Parliament’s Upper House.

      Image courtesy of City Archives, Brisbane City Council.
      Dr-William-Nathaniel-Robertson

      Dr William Nathaniel Robertson

      A graduate of Scotland’s University of Edinburgh medical school. A Sherwood Shire Councillor, leading Brisbane surgeon and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Queensland from 1926 to 1938.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.

      Mrs Annie Isabel Spowers

      Long-time Corinda resident and wife of Queensland’s Surveyor-General, Allan Alfred Spowers, appointed in 1907. Her father, William Davidson was Surveyor-General (southern) for Tasmania in 1860.

      Allan Alfred Spowers

      Born in Melbourne in 1857, his long career in surveying included Surveyor-General of Queensland for 19 years until his retirement in 1926. He served as the first president of the Graceville Bowls Club.

      Mrs Zoe Annie Clara Jones,
      for the late Captain Mervyn Jones

      A London-trained artist and foundation member of the Royal Queensland Art Society. In 1891, Zoe married Mervyn Jones. His eventful maritime career, including Captain of the steamer Merrie England.

      William Robinson

      Born in 1844 in Valparaiso, Chile and an early settler along Oxley Creek, Sherwood in the 1860s. It is believed Robinson opened the first general store in Sherwood near the Oxley Creek bridge.

      Victor-Peter-Grenning

      Victor ‘Peter’ Grenning

      Awarded a Rhodes Scholarship in 1919 before studying forestry at Oxford University. Replacing Edward Swain as Director of Forests, Grenning achieved major Queensland forestry reforms from 1933 to 1964.

      Image courtesy of descendants of the Grenning family.
      Alexander-Cumming-Raff

      Alexander Cumming Raff

      Born in Brisbane in 1853, completing his engineering degree at Glasgow University. A Corinda resident, Raff supervised the construction of key railway lines as District Engineer with Queensland Railways.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.
      John-Moffatt

      John Moffatt

      Born in Scotland in 1851, he worked on his father’s Oxley farm and was elected as the first Chairman of Sherwood Shire formed in 1891. Moffatt supervised the Sherwood Methodist Sunday School for 40 years.

      Image courtesy of the State Library of Queensland.