But there is something else about the plaque that doesn’t seem right. The plaque says the tree was planted in 1850. Jane Ollington would’ve been only six years old! And can anyone explain the emblem at the top of the plaque?
New Update: As it turns out, the oak tree on Trowutta Road was not planted by Jane Ollington. Please refer to post dated 11 March 2018, An Inconvenient Truth, for more information.
THE OLD OAK TREE ON TROWUTTA ROAD
While on the subject of Trowutta, it may be of interest to mention Jane Ollington. A few years before her passing, as the oldest resident of Smithton, Jane was given the honors to plant one of two acorns sent to the municipality from the Royal Oak at Windsor Park. She took delight in that it not only germinated but its roots grew through the bottom of the pot into the ground. She was there again to transplant to where it now stands on Trowutta Road at Forest. An inscribed tablet was later affixed to the tree for public information. I visited the site several years ago but the inscribed tablet was simply not there, only a white stump as seen in the image to the left.
This magnificent oak, grown from seedling, came from Windsor Park in England to commemorate the accession of King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth.
The other of the two coronation oak trees planted by Jane Ollington in the 1930s is adjacent to a store where East Esplanade turns to join King Street in Smithton. Unfortunately the tree had been neglected and is not thriving as well as the one on Trowutta Road.