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The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew, circa 1916

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The arrival of the flagstaff off the Sion Vista, Kew: "accepting delivery", circa 1916. Gifted by the Provincial Governement of British Columbia, it was towed along the Thames by tug boat. Produced from the trunk of a Douglas Fir, it stood at approximately 91m. Its erection was delayed by World War I and it was not until October 1919 that the flagstaff was finally hoisted into place. A flagpole, (twice replaced) stood at Kew from 1861 to 2007, when the loss of a great tree was considered too high a price to pay, and it was not replaced.

Copyright © RBG KEW

Media ID 10645292

Date: 12th February 2015

Copyright Status: Copyrighted Work

Owner URL: http://www.kew.org/

Credit: Copyright RBG Kew

Filename: p113 - 006838LA20120727-103 Flagpole on Thames Syon Vista.jpg

Image Size: 5026 x 4920 Pixels

Filesize is 5.58MB

Associated Categories: History

Associated Categories: History

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