story, tree vegetation lost
Wickham Point Wishing Tree shown on Town of Caloundra Brisbane Lands Agent's District Dept of Mapping & Surveying 1978 Kings Beach/Shelly Beach
World War Two
RAN Station 1, a Port War Signal Station (PWSS), was constructed at Caloundra Head sometime after March 1941. The PWSS consisted of a two storey reinforced concrete signal tower and a timber signal station accommodation building, and replaced an earlier PWSS near Fort Cowan Cowan on Moreton Island. Both PWSS buildings at Caloundra were demolished after the war, although the accommodation building served as the Whitecliff private hospital for some time, from 1948.
info from http://www.publicworks.qld.gov.au/sites/qldwwiiplaces/pages/Places.aspx?PlaceCode=QWWIIHP-445 - (no longer works)
The site of the signal tower was on the front lawn of the Sea Eagle Apartments at 38 Victoria Terrace, Wickham Point, while the accommodation building was located further west, at what is now 41 Victoria Terrace.
Overlay of map and Google Earth image by Roger Todd 2011
Amanda Wilson says it was a Norfolk planted by Lady Wilson but it later died
there is a photo taken in 1940 of the tree and sign in Pictures Sunshine Coast
The sign states that the Caloundra Wishing Tree was planted by Lady Wilson, wife of Governor Sir Leslie Wilson on January 18, 1936 then says 'After circling tree thrice in silence, concentrate and your good wish will be fulfilled.' The Norfolk Island pine was surrounded by a picket fence on Victoria Terrace at the end of King Street. Unfortunately neither the sign nor the tree have survived. Association with Lady Wilson
993-03-14 Centaur victims remembered at 50th anniversary The Sunday Mail p8
Rotary Handover Centaur Park to Caloundra Council June 1967 photo Max Clarke
Rotary Handover Centaur Park to Caloundra Council June 1967 photo Max Clarke, Alex Hay collection
The coordinates given were based on earlier evidence about the location
At 8:14am on Sunday 20 December 2009, Premier Anna Bligh announced via her Twitter account that the Centaur had been found. A joint Media Release issued by Acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Queensland Premier Anna Bligh announced that the wreck of the Australian Hospital Ship Centaur had been located off the Queensland coast.
Mr Mearns said the wreck location is approximately 30 miles due east of the southern tip of Moreton Island (27 deg 16.98’ South, 153 deg 59.22’ East) at a depth of 2,059 metres. The team had finalised 5 high-resolution sonar tracklines over the target site, and on Sunday morning was conducting a further run to obtain a clearer picture of the wreck.