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Issue Details: First known date: 1914... 1914 The Old Gum-Tree
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A moving and lyrical piece in which the narrator relates a story told by an old gum tree about the events in his life, from living freely as a sapling, to providing shelter for 'those black men', to seeing the arrival of 'the first white man', to whom the trees became 'timber'. The old tree takes pride in the use of native timbers for useful purpose, but denounces wanton destruction as a 'crime against the trees'.

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  • Appears in:
    y separately published work icon The School Paper for Grades VII and VIII no. 176 June 1914 Z1561651 1914 periodical issue children's 1914 pg. 102-107
    • Editor's note: 'Abridged from an article by M.F., in The Age.
    • With photographs: 'A Very Old Gum-Tree', 'An Australian Aboriginal Climbing a Gum-Tree', 'A Sawmill' and 'A Giant Gum-Tree Near the Broken River, Northern Victoria'.
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