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A Lacebark Tree, planted in 1959, commemorates the centenary of the Red Cross.

It was on June 24th 1859 on the battle field of Solferino in Northern Italy that the idea of Red Cross was conceived by Henry Dunant, a Swiss citizen, who witnessed the battle which took place between the forces of France and Italy on the one hand and Austria on the other. He was so appalled and horrified at man's inhumanity to man that he dedicated his life to an ideal that there should be adequate medical care for the wounded and sick in battle and protection for those engaged in giving them care. 

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) operates in over 80 countries worldwide. The extensive network of missions and delegations of the ICRC can relieve Nations that are affected by armed conflicts and other sources of violence.


Address:Fraser Avenue, Kings Park & Botanic Garden , Kings Park , 6005
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -31.961244
Long: 115.843252
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Tree
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:24-June-1859
Approx. Event Start Date:1859
Actual Event End Date:24-June-1959
Approx. Event End Date:1959


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1959
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Planted by Henry Greig, Esq., M.B.E., J.P.  Chairman, West Australian Division

To commemorate the Red Cross centenary

— 1859  - 1959 —

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