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15-March-2016
15-March-2016

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson
The Lone Tree was planted in memory of those who served in World War One. 

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. 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.

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. 

The Shrine of Remembrance's lone pine was felled in August 2012 and the timber used as part of a remembrance project, after a disease known as Diplodia pinea or blue stains fungus as it commonly called killed it.

Melbourne Legacy and the Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra have grown seedlings sourced from the trees at the Shrine of Remembrance and the Australian War Memorial respectively, which they have presented to schools as well as ex-service and other organisations throughout Australia.

Location

Address:Oxley & Richard Streets (Mitchell Highway), Central Park , Bourke, 2840
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -30.089798
Long: 145.937722
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 25th April, 2001
Left Side Inscription
Lone Pine
(Pine halepensis) 
During the Gallipoli campaign 1915 a sector known as "Lone Pine" was won by Anzac troops. A solitary pine tree once grew there; this tree became a battle casualty. One of three Australian brothers who took part in that successful charge, Benjamin Smith, plucked a pine cone from a shattered branch which had been used by Turkish defenders to disguise a trench.

Benjamin Smith sent this cone home to his mother, from which Mrs Smith successfully propagated two young trees, one of these trees was presented to the Australian War Memorial Canberra. In memory of one of the brothers killed and all sons lost at Gallipoli. 

From the seed of the latter tree, this young tree has been grown and planted to honour the memory of all who fell in defence of our way of life by the Council of the Shire of Bourke, on this first Anzac Day of the 21st century. 

Mrs Smith farewelled three sons to Gallipoli, two survived, one died. from the pine cone Benjamin sent home his mother planted three seeds, one for each son. two survived. one died. 
Source: MA
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