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The Gallipoli Oak commemorates the ANZAC centenary (2014 -2018) and those who served in World War One. The tree was planted by the students to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the landing at Gallipoli. 

As part of its commitment to celebrate and preserve our environmental heritage, the National Trust  of Australia (Victoria) has identified the Gallipoli Oak tree (Quercus coccifera subsp. calliprinos) as a symbolic link between the Centenary of ANZAC, the people of Turkey and the primary school children of Victoria. The plan is to link each school with their local RSL sub-branch, so that a commemorative tree can be planted in a short ceremony to recognise the ANZAC Centenary.

The Gallipoli Oak grows along the ridges and valleys of the Gallipoli peninsula, in modern south-west Turkey. This is significant as the location of the first major battle undertaken by the ANZACs (Australian New Zealand Army Corps) during the First World War (1914-18). Though the battle and subsequent campaign ultimately proved a failure, costing 26,111 Australian casualties including 8,141 deaths, it marked the beginning of the Anzac legend.  In Turkey the battle is also perceived as a defining moment in the history of the Turkish people.

Acorns were collected by several soldiers during the campaign and sent or brought back to Australia where some were subsequently planted. One of these soldiers was Captain William Lempriere Winter-Cooke, who planted them in his family property near Hamilton in western Victoria. Several off-spring have been planted from this tree including the AE2 Remembrance Tree at the Shrine of Remembrance. There are likely to be many trees from these sources growing across Victoria.


Address:Lyons & Collingwood Streets , Rye Primary School , Rye , 3941
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.373101
Long: 144.824139
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:Friday 24th April, 2015
Inscription in Proximity
This oak tree was planted
by the students at
Rye Primary School on
to commemorate the
100th anniversary of the 
Gallipoli landing

Gallipoli Oak
Quercus coccifera subsp. calliprinos
Commemorating the Anzac Centenary 2014 -2018

This tree is a descendant of acorns sent home by a soldier at
Gallipoli in 1915. It has been planted by school children in
remembrance of those who served in WW1. 

Provided by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) supported by the RSL and other sponsors. 
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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