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A group of claret ash trees situated within the Pioneer Memorial Avenue is dedicated to Abel Jans Tasman who named Tasmania as "Anthony Van Diemens Land" in December 1642. The claret ash trees were dedicated by the Chief Commissioner of the Netherlands Indies, Dr C.J. van Hoogstraten in December 1942.  The brass plaque was placed at the trees on the 24th January 1949.

A brass plaque was erected yesterday among a group of trees in the Pioneer Avenue at Campbell Town. The trees are one of several memorial groups and this section perpetuates the memory of Commander Abel Jansen Tasman, who annexed and named Tasmania "Anthony Van Diemen's Landt" in 1642. The trees, all claret ash have been tended by council employees and make a fine avenue through the town.

On the occasion of Tasmania's tercentenary in 1942, a wooden inscription was placed on one of the trees by the then Dutch Ambassador. Yesterday, members of the Pioneer Memorial Avenue executive went from Launceston and a few Campbell Town residents attended the brief ceremony when the chairman, the Minister for Repatriation (Mr. Barnard), erected the plaque.
Examiner (Launceston), 25th January 1949.


Address:Midland Highway, Valentine Park, Campbell Town, 7210
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.928369
Long: 147.493828
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:03-December-1642
Actual Event End Date:03-December-1642


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 6th December, 1942
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Tasmanian Pioneer Memorial Avenue

Tasmanian Tercentenary  Celebration 1642 - 1942

This group of trees (claret ash) trees are dedicated to the memory of Commander Abel Jans Tasman who annexed and named this island Anthony Van Diemens Landt

December 3rd 1642

Erected by the Tasmanian Pioneers Executive

Source: MA
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