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A plaque tells the story of the Inverell Lone Pine and honours brothers Mark, Ben and Bert Smith who fought in World War One. The timber from the felled Inverell ‘Lone Pine’ was salvaged in 2007 and used to create the plaque.

The story started near a ridge on Gallipoli where a single pine tree remained standing when a battle began on August 6, 1915. All the other trees had been cut down to reinforce the trenches and it was called the battle of Lone Pine. When fighting began it took the Australians only 20 minutes to capture the Turkish main trench. The Turks tried unsuccessfully to recapture it for the following four days of savage fighting. More than 2000 Australians died along with between 5000 and 7000 Turkish soldiers.

Brothers from Inverell, Ben and Mark Smith, fought in the 3rd Battalion and Mark was killed during the fighting. Afterwards Ben souvenired several pine cones from the pine branches used to cover the trenches and sent them home to his mother.

In 1928 she successfully grew two seedlings. One she presented to the town of Inverell where it survived until 2007 and the other to the Parks and Gardens section of the Department of the Interior in Canberra. The Duke of Gloucester planted this second tree at the Australian War Memorial in October, 1934. Today it stands more than 20 metres tall.


Address:66 - 78 Evans Street, Foyer, Inverell RSM Ckub, Inverell, 2360
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.773888
Long: 151.115444
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event STart Date:06-August-1915
Actual Event End Date:10-August-1915


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 25th April, 2013
Source: MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au
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