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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 Street & Collingwood Street, Rye Primary School , Rye , 3941|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -38.373101|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||04-August-1914|
|Actual Event End Date:||28-June-1919|
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Friday 24th April, 2015|
This oak tree was planted
by the students at
Rye Primary School on
to commemorate the
100th anniversary of the
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 schoolchildren in remembrance of those who served in WW1.
Provided by the National Trust of Australia (Victoria) supported by the RSL and other sponsors.