August 22, 2009
The Admiral Perry Tree Boneo Vic
I "happened" onto your site when researching my uncle Mr Ray Cairns. I know the tree well, from spending a lot of my childhood at the family farm "Maroolaba" on Boneo Road. (This property no longer remains in family hands). The (Admiral Perry Tree) tree was clearly visible from the house and stood alone on the highest hill on the property. It's pyramid shape was indeed used as a navigational marker - a sort of natural trig point. Uncle Ray used to take my sister and I up the hills on walks with his horse, to check the water troughs and salt licks. From the top of the hill, the view of Bass Strait was amazing.
Unfortunately, the tree no longer stands alone as it is surrounded by other trees grown since that time.
As I am 65 years of age, a lot of years have passed since our holidays on the farm. Uncle is still living in Rosebud and his memory is as sharp as it ever was.
Thankyou for reviving some wonderful memories of time spent on the farm.
Thank you for taking the time to write, it is lovely when AHOY can ring a bell for some one about a past event. Sometimes those days when we were younger need a jog to refocus on times well spent long ago. I am delighted that our site was the catalyst in your case.