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The Harvey Tree

9th April 2017

The Harvey Tree

There is a tree with a plague on Albert Street in the central city of Auckland, New Zealand. It's called "The Harvey Tree" because Les Harvey claimed to have planted it in a story in he told the then Auckland City heritage manager, George Farrant.

The Harvey Tree

The plague reads:

"City of Auckland Historical Place
The Harvey Tree
This Oriental Plane tree propagated from one besides a Montmartre pissoir, was planted by the adjacent landowner Les Harvey. Appropriate sustenance for the young tree was provided by Mr Harvey and his family from time to time."

The Harvey Tree

The only part of Mr Harvey's story relating to the tree that could be confirmed in any way was confirmed by his wife and children in 2001, when the plague was unveiled by Auckland City heritage, and was that he had illegally planted the tree there sometime in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

References:
1) Rudman's city: Tinkle of laughter on a city corner - 30 May 2001 by Brian Rudman