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A fig tree grown from a cutting taken from the original tree on the battlefield at Tobruk, commemorates those who served in the siege of Tobruk in World War Two.


Address:Birdwood Avenue, Shrine Reserve, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.830139
Long: 144.973276
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict


Front Inscription

In Memory Of All Who Served In The Siege Of Tobruk 
The First Defeat Of German Land Forces In WWII.  
Army, Navy, Air Force
April - December 1941.  
Known As The
"Rats of Tobruk"
Whose Motto Was
"No Surrender"

                     TOBRUK FIG TREE
 Australian And Allied Forces Who Fought In The Siege Of
Tobruk Became Known As "The Rats of Tobruk" When German
Broadcasts Likened Them To Rats Coming Out Of Their Shelter.  
This Siege Was The First Defeat Of German Land Forces In WWII.

The Original Fig Tree Was A Significant Landmark In Tobruk
              For Australian Forces.  
This Tree Has Been Grown From A Cutting Taken From The
Original Tree In The Battlefields Of The Siege Of Tobruk,
          Middle East, April - December 1941.

The Cutting Was Brought Back To Australia By A Member Of
               The Rats Of Tobruk

Source: MA
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