Meningie Lone Pine


Location Meningie Memorial Park, Princes Highway, Meningie, The Coorong - South Australia, Australia
Type memorial_planting

Lone Pine

Built Not yet discovered
Opened Not yet discovered

Lone Pine

One of the most famous assaults of the Gallipoli campaign, the Battle of Lone Pine.

The Lone Pine attack, launched by the 1st Brigade AIF in the late afternoon of 6th August 1915, pitched Australian forces against formidable entrenched Turkish positions, sections of which were securely roofed over with pine logs. Some instances the attackers had to break in through the roof of the trench system in order to engage the defenders. The main Turksih trench was taken within 20 minutes of the initial charge but was the prelude to 4 days of intense hand-to-hand fighting, resulting in over 2200 Australians killed or wounded and around 7000 Turks killed or wounded over an area 150m * 300m.

The original Lone Pine which was identified as a Stone Pine (Pinus piea) - some diggers collected a cone from the remains of the lone pine itself, returned it to Australia, (Warnnambool Victoria)

12 years later some of the seeds were planted - 5 sprouted - four survived, other cones collected ended up in Inverell NSW - raised 2 seedlings - one planted at Inverell other planted Duke of Gloucester at Australian War Memorial in 1934, this tree stands there today.

Yarralumla Nursery has collected seeds from the AWM tree since 1980s. This Pine is one of many seedlings that have been distributed to all RSL branches in 2015 to identify a symbol within the location of the Gallipoli campaign.



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