Beyond the flurry of the Monash University sporting ovals sits an historic tree which at approximately 400-500 years old, predates the arrival of European settlers to Australia. The River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis), can be spied (just) from the back foyer of the Sports & Recreation centre, but needs to be visited up close to take in its grandeur. It is named in honour of the first Vice-Chancellor of Monash University, Sir Louis Matheson who saved the tree from bulldozers during construction of the playing fields in the 1960s.
Did you know? River Red Gums can live up to 700 years or more. They propagate when flood waters are high and drop their limbs in times of drought to conserve water. Hollows created by the fallen limbs provide ideal homes for wildlife.