In last week’s heavy rain, a tree that had – for generations – provided a launching point for Robertson children to swing into the Caalong Creek dam, collapsed.
The tree had long leaned over the water with a rope attached.
But the angle that had made it so perfect for water bombs was the reason it couldn’t stay upright.
The softened ground and the weight of the great tree proved too much and it crashed into the dam, located at the end of May Street, on Wednesday.
The combined rainfall for Tuesday and Wednesday last week was almost 100mm.
Local teenagers took to social media to express their sadness and share their memories of swimming at the town’s biggest waterhole and especially the tree that added to the fun.
Did you spend your childhood in Robertson? What memories do you have of the tree?
And is there anything you remember from growing up in the Highlands that has since disappeared?
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