An olive tree was planted on the banks of the Chapman River in 1853 and this significant historic tree celebrated its 150th birthday in 2013.
The tree marks the site of the home of Doctor Thirkill Foley one of the earliest pioneers to Champion Bay and Geraldton’s first doctor.
Doctor Foley arrived at the present site of Geraldton in the Colonial Schooner, Champion, on 20th November 1849 and Geraldton’s European settlement commenced on that day as a military outpost.
It is claimed Doctor Foley’s first patient was an aboriginal woman injured in a fight amongst the aborigines and she was the first patient of a European doctor in Geraldton.
In a joint project between Geraldton Historical Society and Heritage Services at the Geraldton Regional Library, an interpretive sign will be unveiled to mark this significant site.
Dr Foley’s story was researched and brought to the attention of the Geraldton Historical Society and Council by historian Stanley Gratte O.A.M who has been given the honor of unveiling the sign.
The unveiling will take place on Thursday 17th April at 10am at Honeysuckle Boulevard, Strathalbyn and the public are invited to attend. http://ift.tt/1jp8Kci