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The sculpture of `Simpson and his donkey` commemorates those who served in World War One. The base of the memorial is the butt of the original Lone Pine Tree and highlights the story of Benjamin and Mark Smith who enlisted in Inverell and served with the 3rd Battalion at Gallipoli. 


Address:66 - 76 Evans Street, Inverell Returned Servicemens Memorial Club, Inverell, 2360
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -29.773902
Long: 151.115407
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


Front Inscription

The memorial you are observing with
`Simpson and his donkey` is dedicated to
all the men and women of Australia
who served and died during WW1.

Left Side Inscription

This memorial is to highlight the story of
Benjamin and Mark Smith, who enlisted in
Inverell and served with the
3rd Battalion in Gallipoli.

Benjamin Smith`s twin brother, Bert
served also, on the Western Front
with distinction and was awarded
the Military Medal.

During the Battle of Lone Pine,
Corporal Mark Smith was fatally wounded
at the base of the lone pine tree. 
His Brother, Corporal Benjamin Smith
retrieved a pine cone from a branch of
the tree that the enemy used to cover their
trenches.  The pine cone was sent to
Benjamin`s mother in Newcastle for
possible propogation (sic).

Right Side Inscription

Mrs G. T. McMullen raised two seedlings. 
One was donated to Inverell Municipal
Council and planted in Victoria Park
where it prospered to become a living
memorial to the casualties and heroes
of Gallipoli.  The second seedling is at the
Australian War Memorial and has grown
to over 20 metres in height today.

In 2007, the Inverell Lone Pine Tree was
cut down as it had become unstable
and a risk to the public.

The base of this memorial is the butt of
that pine tree and along with the statue of
Simpson and his Donkey, serve as a
constant reminder of the sacrifice made by
so many, to shape our nation as it is today
and is Inverell`s link with that important
part of Australia`s military history.

Source: MA
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