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The tree commemorates those who served with the 16th Infantry Battalion during World War One. The tree was planted in 1934 and was No.7 in the ballot. 

The battalion was brought together six weeks after the outbreak of World War One in August 1914. Three-quarters of the battalion were recruited in Western Australia, with the remainder coming from South Australia. They first trained at Blackboy Hill near Perth, then left for Melbourne on 21 November 1914. It was here that they joined three other battalions (the 13th, 14th and 15th) to become the 4th Australian Infantry Brigade (AIF) and complete their training and organisation under the command of Colonel John Monash.

One of the most picturesque ceremonies yet held at the Shrine of Remembrance will take place on Saturday, 4th August, when nearly 100 trees will be planted along the main approaches - on the city side. Each tree will represent a Victorian unit or association, and each will be planted by a representative of the unit concerned after a brief, address at 3 p.m. by the chairman of the shrine trustees (Sir H. Chauvel) at the intersection of the main approach and Government House drive. The position of the trees for each unit was selected by ballot. 
Age (Melbourne), 24 July 1934.


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
Actual Event Start Date:04-August-1914
Actual Event End Date:28-June-1919


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 4th August, 1934
Source: MA,SKP
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au