8.The Town I Loved So Well: Images of Gawler SA. Norfolk Island Pine


Girl Guides Club - Todd Street, Gawler.

Planted by the Mayor, Edward Clement in 1872.

Edward Clement's home in Gawler where he planted an identical pine tree that died and was removed in the 1990s. The Para Pine tree in the Girl Guides clubrooms is still growing just adjacent to the then Methodist church in the background of this photograph.

NORFOLK ISLAND PINE

When the wind

swings

and catches

in the clockwork

of their branches

clusters

of sharp needles

spin

green fixed spirals

at the sun

the long row

of beachfront trees

a long slow

timepiece

that goes on

counting

the constancy

of wind

and waves.

Jeff Guess

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