Legerwood Memorial Park Back to Search

Normal 35282786 1928125750544845 9174932321948663808 n


Location Ringarooma Road, Legerwood, Dorset - Tasmania, Australia
Type other


In 1918, 9 trees were planted in Legerwood's main street to honour the 7 soldiers killed in World War 1 and a tree each for Gallipoli and the Anzacs. When these trees were declared dangerous in 2001, the town's folk were distraught to think that the Memorial Avenue would be destroyed.

The Ledgerwood Hall and Reserves Committee decided to hire Eddie Freeman to chainsaw carve each stump into a likeness of the men for whom each tree was planted. A frenzy of fundraising, grants and generous donations helped reach the target $27,000.

By Anzac Day 2006 the carvings were complete and a ceremony was held to unveil the plaques involving local servicemen and women. Now people from all over the world visit our statues and remember the soldier's who fought and died for our freedom.

The carvings tell a story - A son born into a family, raised up on his father's shoulders, leaves for war with his suitcases, his mother and father embrace through the tears, the son experiences war with the heavy pack, the site over the trenches, wounded, the nurse waiting to help, the mother looking out and waiting, wishing, and praying her son well and to come home to her soon, while the father carries on the work at home.

In 2003 we began to try and gain access to the abandoned railway site which was an eyesore in our main street. We planned to clear it and clean it up to create a park in which families who had lost a child or young relative could plant a tree in their memory.

It took 3 years of battling red tape to be granted permission to begin our clean up. All machinery hire and work has been donated ad we are very proud of the way our community has pulled together to make our projects successful. On July 22nd 2007, 25 families came forward to participate in a planting ceremony to honour their loved ones. Since then more planting day's have resulted in the trees and camellias you see today, families have also donated seats and table in remembrance.

The community continues to maintain and fund-raise to improve this area and we sincerely thank everyone for their support.

Built Eddie Freeman
Opened Not yet discovered




Showing 5 people of interest from memorial

Thumb 1c
EDWARDS, Thomas Edward

Service number 3038
40th Infantry Battalion
Born 1884

Thumb normal normal 35301242 1928126600544760 5361341601819918336 n
JENKINS, Robert James

Service number 3571
12th Infantry Battalion
Born Jan 1890

Thumb normal hyde  william henry 3566
HYDE, William Henry

Service number 3566
52nd Infantry Battalion

Thumb normal mcdougall  john henry gregg 3075
MCDOUGALL, John Henry Gregg

Service number 3075
40th Infantry Battalion

Thumb normal 76aab8a4 e349 431d a2a2 a32dba0c88a5
PEDDLE, George

Service number 2628
40th Infantry Battalion
Born 4 Apr 1892

Thumb 35282786 1928125750544845 9174932321948663808 nThumb 35284271 1928127177211369 7200208570879574016 nThumb 35305546 1928125857211501 6390459351269638144 nThumb 35199028 1928125833878170 459532505347784704 n
Thumb 35242161 1928126787211408 3214001319828258816 nThumb 35242726 1928126277211459 6074416682464444416 nThumb 35242736 1928125617211525 6273931266416967680 nThumb 35266013 1928126307211456 5416102151376076800 n
Thumb 35268210 1928125783878175 8057264656231694336 nThumb 35270238 1928125940544826 4327288337946640384 nThumb 35296542 1928127083878045 1574813169975558144 nThumb 35296706 1928127280544692 4574179615219646464 n
Thumb 35347263 1928127400544680 4696730893488750592 nThumb 35360605 1928127243878029 7989608776606941184 nThumb 35350529 1928125550544865 1423608597211774976 nThumb 35415624 1928126290544791 8703909284435460096 n
Thumb 35414977 1928127187211368 8716333606915538944 nThumb 35463431 1928125303878223 6035921204123009024 nThumb 35430762 1928127007211386 1517710428724002816 nThumb 35268569 1928124857211601 1076523081612132352 n
Showing 4 of 20 images.
Click images to start slideshow.