Gidleigh Station First World War Memorial Trees


Two lines of chestnut trees, flowering either white or pink, with individual plaques on each, and a separate brass plaque attached at the head of a row of trees. The individual plaques list the soldier's name and battalion. The trees are located near a small bridge on approach to Gidleigh Station, a property located in Bungendore NSW.  

The original trees were a pink flowering chestnut signifying the men who survived the First World War, or a double flowering white chestnut for those who died. The original commemorative trees and plaques were washed away in some regional floods, and the replacement trees now standing were planted.

Gidleigh was a large station, that at one time even had its own small school. The school was probably for the children of people who worked at Gidleigh. It was a famous and prosperous rural property. 

Until recently, the Rutledge family owned Gidleigh, and a few generations of the family lived there. Jean Ruth Rutledge, the Mrs Rutledge responsible for the 1919 commemorative tree planting was heavily involved with the First World War effort, and was the president of Bungendore Red Cross for some time during the war. There was another Mrs. Rutledge, perhaps her daughter-in-law, who was also president of Bungendore Red Cross for some time during the Second World War.


Brass plaque

Lest we Forget

Veterans listed on this memorial

Rank Given Name Family Name Conflict/s Fate Service No. Service Unit Campaign Link
Private William Charles Bootes World War 1 64681 AIF 5 DAC, 2nd LH Brigade view
Private Arthur Amichael Donnelly World War 1 1936.683 AIF 22/4 bat view
Lance Corporal John Thomas Flynn World War 1 1547 AIF 3/3 bat view
Private, Gunner Edward Richard Flynn World War 1 438 AIF 1 FAB , 3rd bat view
Private John Thomas Flynn World War 1 2153 AIF 4/55 bat view
Private Herbert Harrison World War 1 5083 AIF 16/3 bat view
Private Walter Stanley McFadzean World War 1 28970 AIF 6 FAB view
Trooper William James McKay World War 1 DOI 16/8/1915 Gallipoli 785 AIF DOI 16/8/1915 Gallipoli view
Trooper Joseph Lewis McKay World War 1 KIA 7/7/1915 Gallipoli 273 AIF 1LH view
Private S Parker World War 1 AIF view
Gidleigh Station
431 Gidleigh Lane
Bungendore NSW 2621
Local Government Area
  • Queanbeyan–Palerang Regional Council
  • Garden/park
Location status
Memorial type
  • Memorial avenue/Memorial tree/Memorial trees
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Sandra Young photos, research Michael Hall and Sandra Young
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Dedication date
27 June 1919
  • First World War, 1914–18

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