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Two Hundred Years Old

Hoop Pines, Bald HillsHoop Pines, Bald HillsHoop Pines, Bald Hills

This historic hoop pine (Araucaria cunninghamii), in the St Paul’s School grounds, Bald Hills, is believed to be approximately 195 years old.

Prior to Eurpoean settlement, the banks of the North and South Pine Rivers were home to many Hoop Pines and Cedars. Most of these magnificent trees were felled for their valuable timber, so that few of them remain today.

John Oxley first noticed them in on this day (1 December) in 1823 on the banks of the North Pine River near present day Petrie.

The old building in the background of these pictures is the administration building for the school. It was originally a farmhouse built by the Stewart Family in the late nineteenth century.

Read more information about these Hoop Pines on the Queensland Cultural Heritage Register.

2 comments to Two Hundred Years Old

  • helen gilliland

    Hi
    i have an old Stewart family photo of pine trees you may be interested in.
    can you send me your email address.
    My husband is a descendant of the Stewarts of Bald hills.
    Helen

  • John Mellor

    Hi Helen
    I’m also a descendant of the Stewarts and would be interested in seeing the photo.
    Thanks
    John Mellor

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