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A pine tree commemorates those who served in World War One.

 A simple ceremony— the planting of a tree— by the curator of the Albury Botanic Gardens (Mr. J. E. R. Fellowes), on Saturday touched the hearts of the several hundred spectators who stood around. The tree will be a monument to recall memories of the deeds of Anzacs. The seedling comes from the family of lofty pines which shade the cemeteries of Australian dead on the shores of Gallipoli. When a few inches high, it was obtained by Mr. Fellowes four years ago from the late curator of the Sydney Botanic Gardens. With careful nursing it grew in height and strength, and it is now more than three feet. Mr. Fellowes, as he set the roots of the seedling in the earth, said he planted the tree on behalf of the Returned Soldiers' League- in memory of those who were buried on Lone Pine Ridge.
Albury Banner and Wodonga Express (NSW), 1 May 1936.

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. 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.

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. Seedlings grown from the cones were planted at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne and at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. Seedlings were also planted in Victoria at Wattle Park, the Memorial Hall at The Sisters near Terang and Warrnambool Botanic Gardens as well as Inverell in New South Wales. 


Address:Wodonga Place & Smollett Street, Albury Botanical Gardens, Albury, 2640
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.081103
Long: 146.910158
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 25th April, 1936
Front Inscription

Pinus Brutia  
Calabrian Pine
A Seedling From The
Lone Pine Of Gallipoli
Planted Of Behalf Of
The Albury Branch Of The
By J.E.R. Fellowes
ANZAC Day 1936.

Source: MA
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