Flagstaff

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The first of three flagstaffs, all gifts from Canada, was erected in 1861 on the mound where once Chambers' Temple of Victory stood. It was replaced in 1919.


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The third, 225 feet long, was entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the tallest in the world. The Canadian truck driver who transported it from the interior of Vancouver Island to the coast, said that if it had not been shortened by 50 feet he would never have got it around some of the bends in the canyon.


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ts erection at Kew in 1959 tested the ingenuity of a detachment of Royal Engineers.


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A rigger takes a sample boring at the top of the flagstaff which is showing signs of rot. It was also an opportunity to take this unusual photograph of the gardens using a fisheye lens.