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LINK WITH THE PAST TREE A HUNDRED YEARS OLD The preliminary steps have been taken to fell a giant macrocarpa tree on the corner of Manukau Road and Corbett Scott Avenue, Epsom. This is merely another instance of the way links with the past must be severed in the interest of modernday needs. The case for the tree's retention rests upon its association with an early Auckland pioneer and the fact that it has become something of a landmark in the district. The case for its removal is based upon a practical and simple explanation— it stands on part of a si*.o on which flats are to be erected. The property affected was fcr- | merly part of the estate of Captain ! Joseph Corbett-Scott who, when he died on August 15, 1940, at the age of 102 was the sole survivor of the Pukek'ohe East Church garrison j which was attacked by the Maoris in 1863. Captain Corbett-Scott came to New Zealand in 1848 and, after residing at Pukekohe and Hawera, retired to Epsom. The macrocarpa was already a considerable age when Captain Cor-bett-Scott acquired the land in 1899. It is believed to have been planted by a General Browning after the Maori Wars. The present estimate of its age is "over 100 years." Regret that such an old landmark should have to be removed was expressed this morning by Mrs. S. M. McFarland, a sister-in-law of Captain Corbett-Scott. She said the captain had formed a great attachment for the tree and often referred to his desire that it should remain standing as long as he was alive. This hope had been fulfilled, but she considered it a shame that the tree should have to be cut down. Problem for Workmen Workmen engaged on the job are faced with rather a problem. The tree can fall only one way without interfering with power lines and that way is right across the preliminary excavations made for the proposed flats. It will be necessary to chop off the limbs on the Manukau Road side of the tree, and it is estimated that a hole 10 feet deep may have to be dug beneath the roots. Plenty of timber should become available after the felling of the tree which measures approximately 10 feet through and stands about 60 feet. This timber will be the property of the contractors erecting the flats. There will be eight flats in the proposed block. One woman applied for the tenancy of one of the flats as soon as the builders appeared on the scene. Her action is symbolical of the present urgency of the housing -situation—a situation to which the value of historic landmarks is regarded as secondary.

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LANDMARK TO GO, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945

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LANDMARK TO GO Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 165, 14 July 1945