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14-September-2017
14-September-2017

Photographs supplied by Father Ted Doncaster

A plaque commemorates the planting of pine trees and the Lemnos Hospital in 1926.

The Lemnos Hospital was a hospital specifically built to service the needs of returned servicemen from World War One who were suffering from mental illness and shell shock.  The Aleppo pine tree (Pinus halepensis), believed to have been grown from a seed from the trees on the island of Lemnos, is a reminder of the origins of the hospital and is a tribute to those who served during World War One.

The Hospital was officially opened on 12 July 1926 by Governor Sir William Campion.  It was named after the island in the Aegean Sea used as a Hospital during World War One. It was designed with the intention of providing a home rather than an institution for returned service men, and in this respect reflected the contemporary attitude towards hospital design in the 1920s.

 

Location

Address:Stubbs Terrace, Shenton Park, 6008
State:WA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.962458
Long: 115.802782
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Sub-Theme:WW1
Actual Event STart Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Link:http://www.heritage.wa.gov.au

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 12th July, 1926
Front Inscription

Pinus brutia
Turkish Red Pine

This plaque commemorates the planting of pine trees in 1926 at Lemnos Hospital, the facility that cared for servicemen suffering from the mental effects of war service.

The pine tree provide a visual association with Lemnos Island in the Mediterranean where many servicemen recuperated after service at Gallipoli.

The pine tree is thought to have been grown from seed brought from Lemnos Island and is of the same species as the Lone Pine recorded at Gallipoli during the Great War.

Government of Western Australia
Department of Education

 

Source: MA,WMR, HWA
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