The Old Gum Tree
Plaque from 1857 celebrating the 21st anniversary of Proclamation Day at the site

The Old Gum Tree (also known as The Proclamation Tree) is a historic site in Glenelg North, South Australia. Near this tree on 28 December 1836, the British governor John Hindmarsh delivered the proclamation announcing the establishment of Government of 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, had died by 1907.[2] Its decayed outer surface was encased in concrete in 1963.[3]

It was listed on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate in 1978 and listed on the South Australian Heritage Register in 1980.[4][5]

See also


  1. ^ City of Holdfast Bay: "Proclamation Day and the Old Gum Tree". Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  2. ^ "THE OLD GUM TREE". Observer. LXIV (3, 412). South Australia. 23 February 1907. p. 44. Retrieved 28 September 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "The Old Gum Tree, MacFarlane St, Glenelg North, SA, Australia - listing on the now-defunct Register of the National Estate (Place ID 6257)". Australian Heritage Database. Department of the Environment. 21 March 1978.
  5. ^ "Old Gum Tree Site (Supposed site of the proclamation of the establishment of government in 1836)". SA Heritage Places Database Search. Government of South Australia. 24 July 1980. Retrieved 24 March 2020.

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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