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A grove of trees commemorates those who served in World War Two. The grove of fig trees were planted to replace grevillea trees which were removed to make way for a residential sub-division. Forty three grevilleas were planted in the 1960s as a memorial to the men and women who served in World War Two.

The two remaining founding members of Morpeth RSL Sub-branch say a grove of newly planted fig trees will be a special feature of the village’s war memorial for generations to come. Harold Wallis and Ted Cant were involved in the planting of 43 grevilleas in the 1960s as a memorial to the town’s men and women who served during World War II. 

More than 40 years on, a series of fig trees have been planted along Edward Close Boulevard by the Morpeth Anzac Day Committee, Maitland City Council and developer Lend Lease.

“It’s a pretty good idea,” 89-year-old Mr Cant, who served in New Guinea during World War II, said.  “They’ll create a good avenue up there,” 90-year-old Mr Wallis, who fought in Laos, said. 

The figs will replace the grevilleas and in years to come form a tunnel leading up to the sandstone memorial and a brass plaque to be unveiled on Remembrance Day. 

The men, who have known each other for several decades and lived in the village for a combined 150 years, agreed the community spirit in Morpeth was strong, especially when it came to commemorating the efforts of its servicemen and women.  “I’d certainly agree there is a very strong sense of community here,” Mr Wallis said. 

The trees and a new brass plaque will be unveiled in a Remembrance Day Service at the memorial on Sunday, November 11 at 11am.
Maitland Mercury, 5 November 2012


Address:Edward Close Boulevard, Morpeth, 2321
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.726759
Long: 151.618412
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Trees
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 11th November, 2012
Source: MA
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