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20-March-2020
20-March-2020

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The tree commemorates Roy Stanley Vincent who was a newspaper proprietor and politician, born in 1892 at Uralla, New South Wales, the eleventh child of New Zealand-born Frank Walter Vincent, journalist, and his wife Sarah, from Armidale. The Vincents had long been involved with northern newspapers. Educated locally, Roy and his brother Reginald began publishing the Don Dorrigo Gazette and Guy Fawkes Advocate in 1910.

Enlisting in the Australian Imperial Force on 17 September 1915, Roy Vincent embarked with the 20th Battalion for Egypt. He arrived in France with his battalion in March 1916 and two months later was seriously wounded and gassed; he never fully recovered. He embarked for Sydney in September and was discharged in November.  In 1918 he became President of the Dorrigo branch of the Returned Sailors' and Soldiers' Imperial League of Australia, and was a member of the local repatriation committee.

A foundation member of the North Coast Development League, Vincent advocated improved port facilities at Coffs Harbour and a north-coast rail service; he was also a leader of the Northern New State Movement and an active publicist of its campaign.

Standing as a Progressive for the seat of Oxley in 1922, he was returned to the Legislative Assembly and joined (Sir) Michael Bruxner's 'True Blues'. Vincent held Oxley in 1925 and represented Raleigh from 1927 to 1953; he was sometime whip and secretary of the Country Party and an executive-member of the New England division of the United Country Movement.

He was secretary for mines and minister for forests from 18 June 1932 to 16 May 1941 in the Stevens-Bruxner and Mair-Bruxner coalitions; briefly in 1938 he was, as well, minister for agriculture. Vincent launched a progressive policy of re-afforestation and conservation. His Forestry (Amendment) Act of 1935 reconstituted the Forestry Commission under E. H. F. Swain and provided for the creation of national forests. In Declaration of the Nightcap National Forest (1937) Vincent expressed his view that such areas should be managed with 'the same care and attention as … any large business'.

In 1938 Vincent was responsible for the Soil Conservation Act under which a conservation service was created and a soil research station opened at Cowra. He established the fuel research committee in the Department of Mines (1935) and helped to draft uniform regulations for civil aviation in Australia. Appointed chairman of the State Coal Control Committee in 1940 to ensure the availability of coal for defence and industry, he succeeded D. H. Drummond as deputy leader in July 1950.

Forced by ill health to retire from public life in 1953, he devoted himself to his garden at Pymble. He died in Concord Repatriation General Hospital on 5 June 1965 and was cremated.

Location

Address:Bruxner Park Road, Karangi, 2450
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.233065
Long: 153.093063
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State
Link:http://adb.anu.edu.au/

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 14th January, 1961
Front Inscription

Plaque :

The Vincent Tree

Flooded Gum
(Eucalyptus grandis)
Height 215 feet - Girth 23 feet

Named in honour of Roy S. Vincent

M.L.A. for Raleigh (1927 - 1953)
Minister for Forests (1932 - 1941)
14th January, 1961

 

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