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The tree was planted to commemorate the coronation of King Edward VII in 1902.

Edward VII (Albert Edward; 9 November 1841 – 6 May 1910) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 22 January 1901 until his death in 1910.

The eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Edward was related to royalty throughout Europe. He was heir apparent to the British throne and held the title of Prince of Wales for longer than any of his predecessors. During the long reign of his mother, he was largely excluded from political power, and came to personify the fashionable, leisured elite. He travelled throughout Britain performing ceremonial public duties, and represented Britain on visits abroad. His tours of North America in 1860 and the Indian subcontinent in 1875 were popular successes, but despite public approval his reputation as a playboy prince soured his relationship with his mother.

As king, Edward played a role in the modernisation of the British Home Fleet and the reorganisation of the British Army after the Second Boer War. He reinstituted traditional ceremonies as public displays and broadened the range of people with whom royalty socialised. He fostered good relations between Britain and other European countries, especially France, for which he was popularly called "Peacemaker", but his relationship with his nephew, the German Emperor Wilhelm II, was poor. The Edwardian era, which covered Edward's reign and was named after him, coincided with the start of a new century and heralded significant changes in technology and society, including steam turbine propulsion and the rise of socialism. He died in 1910 in the midst of a constitutional crisis that was resolved the following year by the Parliament Act 1911, which restricted the power of the unelected House of Lords.


Allendale. Saturday.

The Coronation of Edward VII. was celebrated in a practical manner in this district. In the morning trees were planted in the main street of Smeaton (north riding) by Cr Tracey, president of the Shire of Creswick, Mrs Hamilton, and Mr Pritchard. About noon Cr Tracey proceeded to Allendale and planted a tree in front of the post office, to be called the Coronation tree. Trees were a so planted by Cr Wishart and Mr Sloan. Hearty cheers were given for the King, and the National Anthem was sung. Flags were flying in all directions, the town being gay with bunting.
Ballarat Star (Vic. : 1865 - 1924), Tuesday 12 August 1902, page 6



Address:Creswick - Newstead Road & Parkin Street, Allendale, 3364
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.370923
Long: 143.921738
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Government
Actual Event Start Date:09-August-1902
Actual Event End Date:09-August-1902


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 9th August, 1902
Source: MA
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