Top: Kaye Albert, Adam’s granddaughter, holding grandson Barry Albert’s hand, and other grandchildren at the plaque unveiling. Bottom Left: The second eldest grandchild of Adam Albert, Alan Spencer, planted a new Norfolk Island pine with Adam Albert’s granddaughter Kaye Albert and Beau Shannon (obscured), Adam Albert’s great, great, great, great grandson. Adam Albert’s sister’s son, 100-year-old Bill Hammond is seated at right. The tree replaced one that was struck by lightning; another tree will be planted soon to replace a pine that had to be removed. Bottom Right: Beau Shannon, Adam Albert’s great, great, great, great grandson, watches the planting. Images: Stephen Otton.
Centenary celebrations to mark Adam Albert’s planting of 12 Norfolk Island pines at Brooms Head, in 1916, were held at the seaside village last Saturday November 12.
One of the organisers, Noreen Stone, said the event brought together Albert family members from far and wide
“Many had lost touch,” she said, “and reacquainted themselves on an emotional and celebratory day.
“The day also reunited friends who had lived or come to The Broom for holidays.
“Interesting historical displays, story boards and a continuous slide show, entwining past and present events, attracted much interest.”
Noreen said the parade was a highlight, “enjoyed by all” and that the rain downpour didn’t “dampen the spirits of those in attendance”.
The Palm Wine Ambassadors quartet provided entertainment during the afternoon.
“Three family members officiated at the tree planting ceremony,” Noreen said, “after which Matt McLeod played the bagpipes that belonged to Adam Albert’s grandson, Don McLennan”.