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Gallipoli Pine
Gallipoli Pine

Photographs supplied by Diane Watson

Tree planted in memory of those fought in the Battle of Lone Pine during World War One. The tree also pays tribute to the sacrifice of all Australians who fought and died for the freedoms we enjoy.

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.

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.


Address:Passage , Shore & North Streets, War Memorial, Cleveland, 4163
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -27.525351
Long: 153.279666
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


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Lone Pine or Plateau 400 was the scene of a major diversionary offensive launched by the 1st Australian Infantry Division on 6 August 1915.

The battle raged on a heavily fortified Turkish trench position dominated by a single Allepo (sic) Pine (Pinus halopensis) which became known as Lone Pine.
The six Australian Battalions involved lost 80 officers and 2197 men in the battle for Lone Pine. Seven Victoria Crosses were earned over 2.5 days of  some of the fiercest hand-to-hand combat performed by Australians in World War One.

The tree is the 2nd generation direct descendant of that immortal "Lone Pine" and serves as a living reminder of not only the sacrifice and courage of those Australians who fought and died in this horrific battle but for all Australians who endured and sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy.



Source: MA
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