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The Pine tree commemorates those who served in World War One. Pines which are planted as a memorial to the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who fought in Gallipoli are also known as "Lone Pines" or "Gallipoli Pines", referencing the original tree.

The tree was planted in 2016 with a plaque commemorating the planting of the tree unveiled on the 10th August 2018, the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Lone Pine which was fought in World War One.

The Lone Pine was the name given to a solitary tree on the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey, which marked the site of the Battle of Lone Pine in 1915 during World War One and it was the sole survivor of a group of trees that had been cut down by Turkish soldiers who had used the timber and branches to cover their trenches.

The tree was obliterated during the battle; however, pine cones that had remained attached to the cut branches over the trenches were retrieved by two Australian soldiers and brought home to Australia. Private Thomas Keith McDowell, a soldier of the 23rd Battalion brought a pine cone from the battle site back to Australia, and many years later seeds from the cone were planted by his wife's aunt Emma Gray of Grassmere, near Warrnambool, Victoria and five seedlings emerged, with four surviving. These seedlings were planted in four different locations in Victoria: Wattle Park (May 8, 1933), the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne (June 11, 1933), the Soldiers Memorial Hall at The Sisters near Terang (June 18, 1933) and Warrnambool Botanic Gardens (January 23, 1934).

Another soldier, Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith from the 3rd Battalion, also retrieved a cone and sent it back to his mother (Mrs McMullen) in Australia, who had lost another son at the battle. Seeds from the cone were planted by Mrs McMullen in 1928, from which two seedlings were raised. One was presented to her home town of Inverell (New South Wales) and the other was forwarded to Canberra where it was planted by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester at the Australian War Memorial in October 1934.

The Shrine of Remembrance's lone pine was felled in August 2012 and the timber used as part of a remembrance project, after a disease known as Diplodia pinea or blue stains fungus as it commonly called killed it.

Melbourne Legacy and the Yarralumla Nursery in Canberra have grown seedlings sourced from the trees at the Shrine of Remembrance and the Australian War Memorial respectively, which they have presented to schools as well as ex-service and other organisations throughout Australia.

In the Centenary Year of the Coburg RSL, we are pleased to invite everyone to our Clubrooms at 323 Sydney Road Coburg, this Friday 10 August 2018 from 6 pm on wards for the the unveiling of a Commemorative Plaque to acknowledge the planting of our Lone Pine tree. The tree was planted by and the plaque will be unveiled by, the Honorable Kelvin Thomson, the former Federal Member for Wills. The tree is a descendant of the original lone pine and was grown and very kindly donated by Dr Lex Thomson.

Following the unveiling, finger food will be served in our Club rooms.
Facebook, Coburg RSl, 8 August 2018.



Address:323 Sydney Road, Coburg RSL, Coburg, 3058
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.745994
Long: 144.965563
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Conflict


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 14th May, 2016
Front Inscription

This Lone Pine was planted by
The Hon. Kelvin Thomson,
Member for Wills 1996 – 2016,
     on 14 May 2016
in the presence of
Godfrey Camenzuli, Coburg RSL President,
and Coburg RSL members.
The tree is a descendant of the original,
grown and donated by Dr Lex Thomson


Source: MA
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