Mansfield unveils its own Lone Pine

Genuine descendant’ helps to keep alive Anzac history

UNVEILED: Tim Fischer unveiled a plaque at the foot of a ‘genuine’ Gallipoli Lone Pine at Beolite Village on Saturday before a gathering of about 50 residents and visitors. PHOTO: Pam Zierk-Mahoney

A SURPRISE start to the Anzac Centenary week was the unveiling at Beolite Village of a ‘genuine descendant’ of the unique Lone Pine at Gallipoli.

It was the climax of a visit to Mansfield by former Deputy Prime Minister of Australia and former leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer.

Chairman of the board of Beolite Village, Sir Andrew Grimwade, said the Lone Pine is a Turkish Red Pine (Pinus Brutia) grown from seed derived from the famous Lone Pine at Gallipoli and acknowledged that other ‘lone pines’ planted throughout Australia are of a different species.

Sir Andrew stated that he believes there were three types of pines originally growing at Gallipoli – but Beolite’s tree has descended from the last one standing during battles.

“This planting commemorates the Centenary of Gallipoli on April 25, 2015 and the Australians, including Mansfield servicemen and women, who have served their country on all battlefields,” Sir Andrew said.

The ‘Lone Pine’, a prominent landmark tree at an Anzac First World War battle at Gallipoli, was this species.

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