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Mortlake Shire’s Councillor Dowling planted the oak by Tea Tree Lake on May 24, 1883 to commemorate Queen Victoria’s birthday. A commemorative plaque was erected by the Moyne Shire Council And the Mortlake and District Historical Society in 2011. 

Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. From 1 May 1876, she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. With a reign of 63 years, seven months and two days, Victoria was the longest -reigning British monarch and the longest-reigning queen regnant in world history until her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her on 9 September 2015.

Queen Victoria`s birthday, 24th May, used to be called `Empire Day`. There were special assemblies at school with songs praising the British Empire. Children were then given a half-day holiday. Up to the 1950s, Empire Day was celebrated in Australia with huge bonfires and fireworks.


Address:Jamieson Avenue , Tea Tree Lake , Mortlake, 3272
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.08336
Long: 142.81014
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event Start Date:24-May-1883
Actual Event End Date:24-May-1883


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 24th May, 1883
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Queen Victoria Oak
Holm Oak (Quercux ilex)

Planted by Cr. Thomas Dowling, President of the Mortlake Shire Council, on 24th May 1883 to honour the 64th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Victoria

Erected by Moyne Shire Council and the Mortlake & District Historical Society 2011

Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au