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The 3.8 metre sculpture Seeds Of Friendship, is a Turkish-Australian community project commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings in 2015. It commemorates the close relationship between Australia and Turkey.

Commissioned by the Turkish Sub-Branch of the Victorian Returned Services League, the sculpture includes two hand-carved granite seed cones, a pine from Turkey and a casuarina from Australia, to represent the fallen, the seeds of friendship and the future. Integrating Mustafa Kemal Ataturk's famous words of reconciliation, the sculpture also features a filigreed wreath of stainless steel for placing remembrance poppies.



Address:Birdwood Avenue, near Shrine of Remembrance, Kings Domain, Melbourne, 3000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.828239
Long: 144.973931
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Sculpture
Monument Theme:Conflict
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919
Designer:Matthew Harding


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 13th April, 2015
Front Inscription

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost their lives ... 
You are now lying in the soil of a friendly country. 
Therefore rest in peace.
There is no difference between the 
Johnnies and Mehmets to us where they lie side by side .... 
You, the mothers, who sent their sons from far away countries.
Wipe away your tears, your sons are now lying in o
ur bosom and are in peace.
After having lost their lives t
hey are now our sons as well.

Mustafa Kemal Ataturk 1934

A monument to great hearted men, and for their nation - a possession forever.  C. E. W. Bean c. 1922

Australia Turkish Friendship Memorial - Seeds of Friendship

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Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au