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Tree Information x

Identifier: OR/G1930
Tree Type: Group
Registered By: Smith, S.
Registration Category: Notable tree/s – Local interest
General Notes:
Group of 7 very old majestic oak trees apparently at the birthplace in Weatherstones of famous local folk hero William O'Leary also known as Arawata Bill in 1865. Denis Glover (1912-1980) wrote a well-known poem about Arawhata Bill. Also there is much biographical information available about him.
The trees are showing many signs of stress with rotting and broken branches. They are hemmed in a few metres on each side by commercial forestry on the edge of Phoenix Dam. Apparently there was a former homestead at this location. The tree could be at very high risk if adjacent forestry is logged or cleared.
The forestry site area is accessed by locals for recreation (Smith, S., 2023).

1] William O'Leary Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 1996. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 07 November 2023).
2] Denis Glover: Arawhata Bill, You Tube (accessed 07 November 2023).

Group Details

Group Type: Single species
Feature Tree Genus: Quercus
Feature Tree Species: spp.
Feature Tree Common Names:
QE II Covenanted: No
NZ Indigenous Bush type: Default Value
Actual Planting Date: actual date not specified
Approx. Planting Date: Circa 1865
e.g. circa. 1860
Current Age: 159 years
Tree Health Description: In poor health with much rotting wood.
Local Protection Status: No
Tree Present: Yes
Number of Trees: 7
Area Covered: (none)
Group of Tree Type: Amenity Planting


Date Observer Action
07 Nov 2023 Smith, S.


Lat/Long: -45.881086607078174 / 169.7133333461243
Location Name: Phoenix Dam
Address: Phoenix Dam Road
City/Town: Lawrence
Region: Otago
Location Description: Trees visible approximately 10 minutes from the Phoenix Dam Road end junction point. They are 5 meters back from the forestry road on the left as walking in.
Public Accessibility: Local Council Park
Local Authority: Central Otago District Council


Preview Credit Date
Suzanne Smith 17 Nov 2023
Suzanne Smith 07 Nov 2023
Suzanne Smith 07 Nov 2023
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