Alright - I'll admit it, OK? I don't like palm trees, OK? There, I've said it! Call the tree police if you must (but I really love other trees - even the big Moreton Bay figs that used to gobble up my golf balls!). Ban me as a non-PC palm hater, I don't care! I think that they're a blight on inhabited areas and that they all should be gathered up and exported to a tropical island to live out the remainder of their branch-dropping, fruit-splattering, bat-attracting lives. Unfortunately I seem to be in the minority. Palms are loved by many, especially property developers who, because palms grow so quickly that they can convert a bare building site into a perceived oasis in a nano-second, plant them in vast numbers to prettify the latest apartment block. Even government horticulturalists seem to like planting them - I'll come back to that. In the meantime, here is a view of Adelaide St taken sometime around 1937. It shows a couple of trams, some motor vehicles of the era, Anzac Square and the government buildings that abut it - just click it to see a larger view (you may glimpse a palm or two!).
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #60688)
Here's a later similar picture, taken in 1954, that shows the government offices adorned with bunting to celebrate the visit of Queen Elizabeth II. It also shows the Boer War statue that previously stood in Edward St, now relocated to Anzac Square. And a bigger palm tree!
(Photo: State Library of Queensland and John Oxley Library; #193596)
(Photo: © 2009 the foto fanatic)
In my recent photograph (above), the government buildings are now being monstered by even taller buildings, while Anzac Square is also being monstered by palms. The government gardeners have had a field day. Now they'll spend all their time picking up the yellowed fronds that fall from them - that's after they take any injured park-user to the hospital!
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