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Tree Information x

Identifier: NNR/1863
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
The tree has changed little over the years but as reported in Photo News in 1962 it came close to being removed at one time. The image published at the time came with the following caption:

Battle of Blue Gum Ends
‘The Nelson Hospital Board and city council agreed to lay down arms after several months of battling over this blue-gum at the corner of Kawai and Franklyn Street, Council considered it a menace to traffic, wires etc. and wanted it cut down, but the hospital board opposed it. A compromise was reached, "Give Way" signs being erected on Kawai Street.'

The tree was associated with the first dedicated Nurses' Home at Nelson Hospital, later known as Dalton House. It was opened on 5 April 1916 and remained there until it was demolished in 2013 (Cadwallader, B.G., 2023).

[1] Photo News, Number 17, 31 March, 1962
[2] The Prow, Arthur Griffin and Nelson Hospital, accessed Feb 5, 2013.

Single Tree Details

Genus: Eucalyptus
Species: obliqua
Common names: Messmate stringybark, messmate
Height: 26.40m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 865 cm
Girth measurement height: 1.5 m
Girth Comments: taken above the burl
Diameter: 275.3 cm
Crown Spread A: 23.00m
Crown Spread B: 25.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 24.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: c1920
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 104 years
Tree Health Description: In very good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 447
Local Protection Status: Yes
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 237


Date Observer Action
31 Aug 2020 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -41.28603327620464 / 173.27315563366017
Location Name:
Address: Franklyn Street
Suburb: Nelson South
City/Town: Nelson
Region: Nelson
Location Description: Opposite the intersection of Kawai Street on Franklyn
Public Accessibility: Hospital
Local Authority: Nelson City Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 31 Aug 2020
Brad Cadwallader 31 Aug 2020
Peter Grundy (NCC), Hansen ref 278172 31 Aug 1994
Photo News, Number 17, Match 1962 31 Mar 1962
Nelson Provincial Museum, Hargreaves Collection Image A4318 (undated) c1930? 01 Jan 1930
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