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A tree commemorates the centenary of the birth of Field Marshal Sir Thomas Blamey who was born at Lake Albert near Wagga Wagga.

Sir Thomas Albert Blamey GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED (24 January 1884 – 27 May 1951) was an Australian General of the Second World War . A general who attracted controversy but retained the confidence of prime ministers, who upheld Australia’s interests against British and American demands, and under whom the Australian Army was developed for the vital battles of the war in the Pacific during World War Two.

On 8 June 1950, Blamey was promoted to Field Marshal, the first and only Australian to reach the rank. Gravely ill, he was presented with his baton in a ceremony at the Heidelberg Repatriation General Hospital on 16 September 1950. Blamey never removed from his illness and died of a stroke on 27 May 1951.



Address:Baylis & Morrow Streets, Victory Memorial Gardens, Wagga Wagga, 2650
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -35.109444
Long: 147.369722
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:People


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 23rd April, 1995
Front Inscription

City of Wagga Wagga
This Tree Was Planted By
Lieutenant General Sir Phillip Bennet
Chief Of The General Staff
On 24th January 1984
To Commemorate
The Centenary Of The Birth At
Wagga Wagga (Lake Albert)

on 24th January, 1894 of

Field Marshal, Sir Thomas Albert Blamey
GBE, KCB, CMG, DSO, ED 1884-1951
Australian Military Forces, 1906 - 1951
General Officer Commanding Australian Imperial Forces, 1939 - 1942
Commander in Chief Australian Military Forces 1942 - 1945
Commander Allied Land Forces South West Pacific Area, 1942 - 1945

W. R. Ellis        M. H. Gissing  
Town Clerk       Mayor

Source: MA,NRWM
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