'Hannah's Tree' gone

A PIECE of Kiama’s history is no longer after one of Kiama’s oldest trees, a 169 year-old English Oak located in front of the units in Collins Street, toppled over without warning on Monday.

The tree, which appears to have been dead for several years, narrowly missed the units at the front of the unit block and spread debris over a large section of the lawns.

It fell across a path, which ran along the front of the unit block.

The tree was known by local historian Michael Hindmarsh as ‘Hannah’s Tree’ as it was brought to Australia as an acorn by his late great great-aunt, Hannah Hindmarsh, when she came to Australia in 1845.

Miss Hindmarsh was a well-respected member of the Kiama municipality in its formative years and ran a ladies school on the site in Collins Street for many years.