St George’s Park, Port Elizabeth

The Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth, the third club in South Africa, was chartered on 25 April 1925. On the occasion of Paul and Jean Harris’ visit to the club in 1934, Paul planted a Norfolk Pine tree in our city park which is still there today. It bears the inscription from Paul Harris, “Witness humbly, build bravely, love widely”. The picture taken in Port Elizabeth shows: Paul Harris, Jean Harris and DG Cecil Buchanan (a Past President of the Port Elizabeth Rotary Club)

Tree planted by Paul Harris: It is a tall Norfolk Pine

DG Anne Botha & President of Port Elizabeth Rotary Club, Sarel Steyn

The other smaller tree (Yellow wood) was planted on 22 May 1992 by Rotary International President Rajendra Saboo.

Plaque listing Rajendra Saboo

Map to St. Georges Park

Detail of Trees

Settler’s Park

Thanks to Rotarians in Port Elizabeth, including the late Michael de Coning.

Material researched by RGHF senior historian Basil Lewis, England

posted 20 July 2009 by Jack Selway