SIGNIFICANT TREES

ALGERIAN OAK

Algerian Oak growing in Bullarook Streamside Reserve, 2269 Werona-Kingston Road, Kingston, Victoria 3364.

WHY IS THE TREE SIGNIFICANT?

The Algerian Oak is about 130 years old. It has a large canopy spread and large trunk circumference.

The tree is significant for its beauty and connection to settlement for farming in the area.

Early land sales around Kingston started in 1855. In the early days, the township of Kingston served a community of small farmers and gold miners. Kingston was the headquarters of the shire from 1859 to 1941. The present shire was administered from the shire hall in Kingston during that time.

We don’t know the date when the Algerian Oak was planted. Kerrins Bridge was constructed over Birch’s Creek in about 1883. Prior to that time there was a cobbled bluestone track leading to the ford to enable the community to cross the creek. At some point, probably before Kerrins Bridge was constructed in 1883, an unknown person planted an acorn close to the creek crossing.

After the bridge was built, the creek crossing fell into disuse. From that time the Algerian Oak continue to grow and was able to flourish without pruning. This explains the natural shape and unusually low sweeping branches of the tree.

In 2023 the Algerian Oak was listed as significant by the National Trust of Australia. A link to the National Trust listing can be found here: https://trusttrees.org.au/tree/VIC/Kingston/2269_Werona_Kingston_Rd

KERRINS BRIDGE & BULLAROOK STREAMSIDE RESERVE

Bullarook Streamside Reserve is a haven for wildlife. There are regular sightings of wallabies, echidna, wombats and birds. Over the years koalas have also been seen in the Reserve. There are platypus and blackfish in Birch’s Creek, including at Kerrins Bridge.

Kerrins Bridge has a keystone arch constructed from bluestone. The bridge is subject to Hepburn Shire Council Heritage Overlay 109.

Kerrins Bridge was listed in the Building Citation in the Creswick Shire Heritage Study prepared for the National Estate Committee and the Shire of Creswick, at the following link: https://www.hepburn.vic.gov.au/files/assets/public/v/1/building-amp-planning/documents/sp-creswick-shire-heritage-study.pdf

The Heritage Study refers to the copse at the bridge (Chapter 6, page 27):

Around the town of Creswick and throughout the shire stand other reminders of an interest in trees, forests in and planting. The plantations in Cambridge Street for example or the avenue of poplars along the Creswick Creek and at the entrance to Smeaton, the copse at Kerrins Bridge, the redwoods and cedars of the Park Lake and the long avenue of honour running through Kingston’.

ACCESS

Bullarook Streamside Reserve is a public place and access is unrestricted. There is a track leading off Kingston-Werona Road that leads down to the creek. The track is rough and fairly steep at the entry.