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11-November-2016
11-November-2016

Photographs supplied by Sandra Brown
Lone Pine Trees, planted at the unveiling and dedication of the war memorial, commemorate 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 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.

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:Young & High Streets, Beauty Park , Frankston, 3199
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -38.148513
Long: 145.121237
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 10th April, 2016
Front Inscription
Frankston City

These lone pine trees were planted
on the occasion of the unveiling
and dedication ceremony on Sunday 10 April 2016 by
The Honourable Bruce Billson MP, Federal Member for Dunkley
Cr james Dooley, Mayor of the Frankston City and
Mr Kevin Hillier, President of Frankston RSL

Lone Pine of Plateau 400 at Gallipoli was the scene of a major diversity offensive launched by the 1st Australian Infantry Division of the 6th August 1915. Turkish soldiers had cut down all but one of the trees that clothed the ridge to cover their trenches . 
The ridge dominated by a single Allepo (sic) Pine ( Pinus Halepensis)
became known as Lone Pine. These Lone Pines are 
descendents of this tree through the propagation of seeds from
the original seedling from the cone sent home by
Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith of the 
3rd Battalion and planted by the Duke of Gloucester in
October 1934 at the Australian War Memorial. 


 
Source: MA
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