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Arbor Days-Portarlington

Portarlington Arbor Day celebrations

1905: Head teacher, Mr R D Jones, delivered an appropriate address to the children. In the afternoon, Cr W Gray, chairman of the local Board of Advice, attended and assisted with the tree planting. During the day children were treated to refreshments provided by the parents and friends.


The Portarlington Town and District Improvement Association wrote to Council desiring that they celebrate Arbor Day by planting trees around the town. The council was asked to provide 50 trees for planting in the streets and 20 trees for planting at the rubbish tip. The Association would prepare the ground and plant the tress under the direction of the engineer, and wished the council to provide tree guards. It was resolved to obtain sufficient trees to fill up empty places and the matter to be considered further.



1909 At Portarlington State school on Friday the day was celebrated in right royal style, and parents, friends and teachers entered heartily into the celebration. The morning school session was distinguished by a departure from the usual routine of work, songs about plants and talks about trees taking the place of spelling and arithmetic. At noon the children were treated to refreshments provided by parents and friends. At 1pm the scholars were re-assembled and tree planting commenced. Fifteen sugar gums, which had been raised from seed in the school plots, were planted by the female teachers and the girls of the senior classes, Mr. Wilkin (head teacher) acting as instructor.


Then the parents and friends adjourned to the school room and partook of tasty repasts. The children, afterwards fell into line and marched to their classes. The Rev. J. Gillies gave a short address on school work.


Cr.Turner, of Drysdale, who also fills the position of correspondent of the Board of Advice, on behalf of the A.N.A., presented, pro forma, the prize won by the school for having the best garden in the Geelong inspectorate. The prize unfortunately was not to hand to be given over. Mr. T W. Holmes, member of Board of Advice, also gave an address and congratulated-the school on its success in obtaining the prize. Mr H .Warden (chairman of Board of Advice), who now resides in Geelong, also gave an address, as did Cr. William Gray, a former member of the Board of Advice, who give a short sketch of Arbor Day in connection with the school. The head teacher (Mr Wilkin) thanked the speakers, the ladies and all who had assisted in the celebration. The children sang a few appropriate songs, after which they partook-of refreshments. At the conclusion cheers were given for parents, friends and teachers.


1914

In the last inspectoral report special mention was made of schools in the Geelong district for their well-kept school grounds: Portarlington was among the 14 schools.


(left) 1920

1922 An unusually large number of people from Portarlington and surrounding district assembled at the Portarlington State School to celebrate Arbor Day. Many trees and shrubs were planted by the children and members of the school committee and others did a great job in spreading gravel, repairing fences and other useful jobs. The children then met in the classroom where afternoon tea was provided. The head teacher Mr A D Hollyoke, welcomed Capt. F Morley MLA who presented Sheila Jones the silver cup she had won in his Barwon electorate essay competition, and also two prize essay certificates of the Navy league to Sheila Jones and Florence Ross.


1924 A number of trees were planted and pruning was done. Refreshments were provided by the ladies.


Street Plantings - Portarlington


1905 The Portarlington Town and District Improvement Association wrote to Bellarine Council stating that the Association desired to celebrate Arbor Day by placing trees in various parts of Portarlington. The council was asked to supply 50 trees from the department to be planted in the streets and 20 at the rubbish tip. The association would prepare the ground and plant the trees under the direction of the engineer, and wished the council to provide the tree guards. It was resolved to obtain sufficient trees to fill up the empty spaces and that the matter be considered further


1906 The Portarlington Town and District Improvement Association wrote to Bellarine Council requesting assistance towards the purchase of tree guards, in connection with Arbor Day. If the council supplied the timber the association would have the guards made. It was proposed to plant trees at the western end of Newcombe Street and in the hill near the old depot. The president stated that as there was no time before Arbor Day to bring the matter before council, he had taken the responsibility of granting £5, and would like council to endorse his action. Granted.


Pam Jennings