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The Lone Pine was planted by the Great Lakes Vietnam Veterans Association and the Rotary Club Forster on Wallis in memory of the Anzacs and as a tribute to those who served in conflicts in which Ausatralia 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. 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.
Melbourne Legacy and the Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra have grown seedlings sourced from the trees at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne and the Australian War Memorial respectively, which they have presented to schools as well as ex-service and other organisations throughout Australia.
|Address:||Point Road & Manning Street, Lone Pine Memorial Park, Tuncurry, 2428|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -32.179507|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1919|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 22nd April, 2007|
Vietnam Veterans Federation
THE BATTLE OF LONE PINE
Much may have been forgotten about those who won fame at Gallipoli but two locations are still well known. One is Anzac Cove, the beach where most of the Anzacs landed on 25 April 1915. The other is Lone Pine where between 8 and 9 August 1915 there took place one of the most hard fought actions in Australian military history - the battle of Lone Pine. Australian casualties at Lone Pine amounted to over 2,000 men while the Turks estimated their losses at 6,930. When it was all over the dead lay thickly all around the position and the war diary of the 2nd battalion AIF recorded that during the cleaning up process bodies were found in such a state of decomposition that men could only do the work by wearing gas masks. Charles Bean in his official history described Lone Pine as a battle of bombs and hand to hand fighting, the heaviest of its kind in which Australian troops ever took part. Something of the desperate nature of the struggle can be understood by the fact that seven Victoria Crosses were awarded to Australians for their courage at Lone Pine, five of them for actions in one day alone, 9 August 1915, an unprecedented event in Australian military history. Today six of those Victoria Crosses are on display in a Lone Pine exhibition in the Australian War Memorial Hall of Valour.
"THE LONE PINE"
(History of Lone Pine Tree)
PLANTED ON 22/04/07 IN MEMORY OF OUR "ANZACS"
AND AS A TRIBUTE TO ALL THOSE WHO HAVE SERVED
on behalf of the GLVVA and RCFOW