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Aleppo Pine planted at Morshead Veterans Home commemorates service personnel who have died in service or been killed in action in the various conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

An Aleppo Pine tree, descended from a pine tree propagated from a pine cone brought back from Gallipoli was planted at the Sir Leslie Morshead War Veterans Home, Lyneham, yesterday. The tree, one of 10 successfully grafted from the crown of the Gallipoli tree growing at the Australian War Memorial, was planted by Mr Alf Clarke, president of the ACT branch of the RSL. It was grafted by a CSIRO research officer, Mr Stefan Mucha, himself a Polish war veteran and an RSL member. He was concerned that the original pine should not be allowed  to die off, without ensuring itssuccession with 'proper sons or daughters', which is why the descendants were grafted rather than raised from seeds.

The original tree was raised from seeds from a cone taken from timber covering Turkish trenches on Lone Pine Ridge by Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith. He was serving with a unit, which had Canberra men and sent the cone to his mother. She raised two seedlings, one of which was given to the War Memorial and planted by the Duke of Gloucester in 1934. The planting followed the opening of 15 new self-care units at the home by the RSL national president, Sir William Keys.
The Canberra Times (ACT), 10th May 1982.



Address:26 Archibald Crescent, El Alamein Village, Sir Leslie Morshead Manor, Lyneham, 2602
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.244574
Long: 149.124741
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 9th May, 1982
Front Inscription
Grafted From The `Gallipoli Tree`
At The Australian War Memorial
Was Planted On 9 May 1982 By
Mr. Alf Clarke, RFD, ED, President,
ACT Branch RSL
On The Opening Of 15 Self-Care Units
And 17th Anniversary Of The Home
Source: MA
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