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A tree commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.
The Lone Pine was the name given to a solitary tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, which marked the site of the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915 during World War One and it was the sole survivor of a group of trees that had been cut down by Turkish soldiers who had used the timber and branches to cover their trenches.
The tree was obliterated during the battle; however, pine cones that had remained attached to the cut branches over the trenches were retrieved by two Australian soldiers and brought home to Australia. Private Thomas Keith McDowell, a soldier of the 23rd battalion brought a pine cone from the battle site back to Australia, and many years later seeds from the cone were planted by his wife's aunt Emma Gray of Grassmere, near Warrnambool, Victoria and five seedlings emerged, with four surviving. These seedlings were planted in four different locations in Victoria: Wattle Park (May 8, 1933), the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne (June 11, 1933), the Soldiers Memorial Hall at The Sisters near Terang (June 18, 1933) and Warrnambool Botanic Gardens (January 23, 1934).
Another soldier, Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith from the 3rd Battalion, also retrieved a cone and sent it back to his mother (Mrs McMullen) in Australia, who had lost another son at the battle. Seeds from the cone were planted by Mrs McMullen in 1928, from which two seedlings were raised. One was presented to her home town of Inverell (New South Wales) and the other was forwarded to Canberra where it was planted by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester at the Australian War Memorial in October 1934.
|Address:||Thompson & Bourke Streets, Albert Park, Cootamundra, 2590|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.637707|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Monday 11th November, 1968|
Original Lone Pine
Grown in the Jubilee Year
Planted in the memory of
Lest We Forget
Mr and Mrs Robert Dear
were asked to plant this tree
to commemorate their sacrifice
to the cause of freedom
by the loss of their sons
Robert and Ken and their daughter
Mona during and as a result of
World War II
R W F Edwards Mayor
J Samuels DFC Shire Clerk
11 November 1968