Deputy Mayor Alexandra Luxford, along with Councillors Carlos Da Rocha, Danny Said, Dylan Parker and Philipa Veitch, hosted a very special 80th birthday party for John Cann last night at the La Perouse Museum. A number of guests paid tribute to John, including colleagues from his days at ICI and Laddie Timbery another La Perouse Loop icon who travelled from Huskisson to be there. (L-R: Carlos da Rocha, Alexandra Luxford, Helen Cann, John Cann, Noreen (John’s sister). Continue reading
The magnificent Norfolk Pine near the entry to the La Perouse Museum was planted around the 1830s and is believed to be Randwick’s oldest cultivated tree. It is listed in Randwick’s Significant Tree Register
In the 1940s the tree lost its upper half to lightning strike. Around 14 years ago the dying apex of the tree’s crown was removed by arborists from the Royal Botanic Gardens. This allowed for rejuvenation (see photo above taken 2016 compared to photos below (L) taken 2006 and (R) 2002 along with local identity Glen Blaxland.
The phenomenon of lightning, with its accompanying fire which sometimes brings destruction and death in its wake, has always strongly impressed itself upon the imagination of observers who have tried to find explanations for it. From ancient times, the wrath of the gods has often been evoked. “When in the 17th century, the healthy light of philosophy cleared away the thick shadows in which minds had for so long lost their way, men, less credulous and a little more observant, dared contemplate this fearful meteor more closely.” One generally attributes to Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American politician, Minister Continue reading