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The Queensland Box Tree planted in 1919 commemorates the patriotism of the youth of Hunter's Hill during World War One.  

The gratitude of the residents of Hunters Hill for the men of the district who answered the call of duty has been expressed in the form of a soldiers' club, which was officially opened by the Governor (Sir Walter Davidson) on Saturday. The Governor also planted three commemorative trees. The Governor was much impressed by the bodyguard composed of local returned soldiers.  "There is no need for anxiety that the race is likely to deteriorate in Australia" he said, "when I see such stalwart men as those I have just inspected, including five brothers of one family and three brothers of another. It seems to me the race is at high-water mark." Continuing, his Excellency congratulated the men and women of Hunter's Hill upon their war work. Practically all the eligible men of the district had enlisted, he said, and those who had remained behind had topped all records in backing the Government financially.  

The Minister for the Navy (Sir Joseph Cook) who was accorded an enthusiastic reception, paid a glowing tribute to the Australian soldier. "Australia owes more to the Diggers than to anything else under the sun," he said. "The Diggers have brought Australia world-fame and world-honour, and we are under an obligation to do what we can not only for those who have returned but for the dependents of those who will never return.  "I have come back from the battlefields and the battered, bruised, and mangled towns of Europe," continued Sir Joseph; "possessed by a feeling that we ought to be grateful that war has been kept away from our shores. We should, therefore, face all our obligations  cheerfully." Colonel C. B. Wassell. D.S.O., expressed the appreciation of the soldiers for the club, which is a well-designed building, containing reading and billiard rooms. 
Sydney Morning Herald (NSW ), 15 September 1919.


Address:Alexandra Street , Opposite Ferry Street, Hunters Hill, 2110
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.835022
Long: 151.156136
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 13th September, 1919
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This tree was planted by His Excellency Sir Walter Davidson KCMG, the well beloved Governor of NSW on 13th September 1919

In commemoration of the patriotism of the youth of Hunter's Hill during the Great War.

Source: NRWM, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au