The Old Gum Tree

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The Old Gum Tree
Plaque from 1857 celebrating the 21st anniversary of Proclamation Day at the site
Postage stamp, Australia, 1936

The Old Gum Tree is a historic site in Glenelg North, Australia. Near this tree on 28 December 1836, the British governor John Hindmarsh delivered the proclamation creating the colony of South Australia. A ceremony is held each year at the site on Proclamation Day, with the current Governor reading out Hindmarsh's original speech.[1]

The tree itself, probably a red gum, has long since died. Its decayed outer surface was encased in concrete in 1963.[2]

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Coordinates: 34°58′13.42″S 138°31′14.21″E / 34.9703944°S 138.5206139°E / -34.9703944; 138.5206139