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A pine tree commemorates those who have served in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved,

The Lone Pine was a solitary tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, which marked the site of the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915. 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 seedlings from his cone were planted at 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).

Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith from the 3rd Battalion, also retrieved a cone and sent it back to his mother (Mrs McMullen) in Australia.  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.

Melbourne Legacy and the Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra have grown seedlings sourced from the trees at the Shrine of Remembrance and the Australian War Memorial respectively, which they have presented to schools as well as ex-service and other organisations throughout Australia.   Pines which are planted as a memorial to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in Gallipoli are also known as "Lone Pines" or "Gallipoli Pines", referencing the original tree.





Address:Cornwall Road, Cornwall Park, Cornwall, 7215
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.560485
Long: 148.143718
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 11th November, 2006
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This is a lone pine propagated from the original seeds collected from the site of the Battle of Lone Pine which was fought at Gallipoli from the 6th to the 10th August 1915 by ANZAC forces.

It was provided by the St Mary’s Branch of the RSL and planted on Remembrance Day 2006 by Cornwall resident and returned soldier, Gunner Noel Bradbury, as a living memory of all the citizens of Cornwall who served their country in times of war

Source: MA
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