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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|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Sunday 23rd April, 1995|
City of Wagga Wagga
This Tree Was Planted By
Lieutenant General Sir Phillip Bennet
KBE, AO, DSO
Chief Of The General Staff
On 24th January 1984
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