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Tree Information x

Identifier: WCR/1865
Tree Type: Single
Registered By: Cadwallader, B.G.
Registration Category: Historic tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
In July 1921 a public meeting was held where it was decided to erect a cenotaph in the town, as a memorial to the local soldiers killed in the war [1]. Further meetings were held to raise funds [2] for the project which resulted in £1100 being raised [3].
The cenotaph was unveiled on ANZAC Day 1924, in the presence of a large gathering, by Brigadier-General Meldrum, C.M.G., D.S.O [4].
It is unclear if the date palm was planted at the same time but it appears to be of the same vintage. Canary Island date palms are often seen to be associated with war memorials around the country (Cadwallader, B.G., 2020)

[1] Untitled, Otago Witness, Issue 3515, 26 July 1921, Page 18

[2] WAR MEMORIAL. Grey River Argus, 6 May 1922, Page 3

[3] WAR MEMORIAL Grey River Argus, 20 September 1922, Page 6

[4] ON THE WEST COAST. Evening Post, Volume CVII, Issue 98, 26 April 1924, Page 13

Single Tree Details

Genus: Phoenix
Species: canariensis
Common names: Canary Island date palm, phoenix palm
Height: 13.60m
Height measurement method: Laser Nikon Forestry 550
Height Comments: (none)
Girth: 270 cm
Girth measurement height: 1 m
Girth Comments: (none)
Diameter: 85.9 cm
Crown Spread A: 6.00m
Crown Spread B: 6.00m
Avg. Crown Spread: 6.00m
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: c1924
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 100 years
Tree Health Description: in good health
Tree Form Type: Single Trunk
Number of Trunks: 1
Tree Form Comments: (none)
Champion Tree Score: 156
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
STEM Score: 0


Date Observer Action
18 Mar 2020 Cadwallader, B.G.


Lat/Long: -42.45699555002472 / 171.20692048717194
Location Name: Greymouth War Memorial
Address: Ngarimu Street
City/Town: Greymouth
Region: West Coast
Location Description: Beside Cenotaph
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Grey District Council


Preview Credit Date
Brad Cadwallader 18 Mar 2020
Westland - Greymouth Publicity Caption: The Cenotaph in Greymouth, R24820442. Photographer: R. Coad 17 Feb 1979
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