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The Pinus Halepensis tree was planted to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Gallipoli landing during World War One.

The landing at ANZAC Cove was part of the amphibious invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula by predominantly Australian and New Zealand forces on 25 April 1915. The landing, north of Gaba Tepe on the Aegean coast of the Peninsula, was made by soldiers of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) and was the first major combat of the war for these two countries.

The original "Lone Pine" was a 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 during the battle. 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. The resultant seedlings were found to be Turkish Pines, sometimes regarded as a subspecies of Pinus halepensis (Aleppo Pine), but usually classified as a distinct species, Pinus brutia.


Address:Centenary Avenue, Lucindale, 5272
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -36.971497
Long: 140.368195
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:Sunday 25th April, 1965
Front Inscription

This Tree Is A Direct Descendant Of
  The Lone Pine Of Gallipoli.
Planted By Alfred Watkins On 25th April, 1965. 
To Lucindale Sub-Branch Of R.S.L. By Bay Of 
Plenty Gallipoli Veterans Assoc. Of Tauranga, 
N.Z. To Commemorate The 50th Anniversary Of
  The Landing Of Gallipoli In 1915 
 Plaque Donated By William James

Source: MA,RVWM
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