Turkish Embassy to Commemorate First World War Centenary

Media Release

22 April 2015

On Thursday 23 April 2015 the Turkish Embassy will honour the Centenary of the Anzac landings on Gallipoli with a commemorative tree planting at the Ataturk Memorial on Anzac Parade.

The ceremony will commence at 2.45pm and trees will be planted by the Turkish Ambassador His Excellency Mr Reha KESKINTEPE, representing the Turkish General Staff of Turkey Air Marshal Atilla GULAN, and Australian War Memorial Director, Dr Brendan NELSON.

The trees being planted are Lone Pines - Pinus halepenis. The Lone Pine has become well known for the story surrounding its cultivation in Australia.

Lance Corporal Benjamin Smith of the 3rd Battalion, whose brother Mark was killed in the battle for Lone Pine Ridge, sent a cone home to his mother. His mother kept the cone for 13 years before planting the seeds in 1928. She grew two seedlings one of which she presented to the town of Inverell and the other she presented to the Parks and Gardens section of the Department of Interior in Canberra. The Duke of Gloucester planted this second tree at the Australian War Memorial in October 1934, where it still stands today.

Yarralumla Nursery propagates a number of trees from seed collected from the tree at the Australian War Memorial. The three trees being planted will be ones cultivated from the tree at the Australia War Memorial.

Commemorative Tree Planting
When: Thursday 23 April 2015
Where: Ataturk Memorial, top of Anzac Parade.
Time: 2.45 until 3.15 pm