This memorial consists of a Lone Pine tree, a walkway leading to a flagpole, and two dedication plaques mounted on basalt stone on the western and eastern ends of the walkway respectively.
In a 2013 general meeting of the Sub-branch, it was determined that something special would be held for the 100 Years of Anzac. The Gerringong RSL Soldiers Memorial Hall was not deemed an ideal venue for services such as Anzac Day because of its location in the town centre and thus affected by being a high road traffic area. An area on the eastern headland of Gerringong, being the intersection of the eastern end of Belinda St and the southern end of Tasman Drive, was identified as a more ideal area to hold a dawn service. This area had a descendant of the original Lone Pine planted some years before with a plaque placed on a stone with the history of it.
The Gerringong RSL Sub-branch approached Kiama Municipal Council to gain approval for a flagpole and a plaque placed on a similar stone to be erected in the area next to the Lone Pine tree so that the 2015 dawn service for the 100th year of Anzac could be held on the site. Kiama Council provided and erected the flagpole and the stone for the memorial plaque. The dawn service was held at 6 am on Anzac Day 2015 and was so well attended, 1200 people approximately, that it has continued to be held at this location ever since.
In 2015 the RSL Sub-branch gained a grant from the federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs to construct a footpath from Tasman Drive to the flagpole and to place gardens along the path. This was also erected with the help of Kiama Municipal Council. The path was unveiled in 2018 alongside a plaque commemorating 100 years since the cessation of the First World War.
The original Lone Pine tree stands a further 10 metres south. From the plaque:
This tree has been grown from the original tree famously known as the Lone Pine, where the original ANZACs fought the Turks in the 1915 battle at Gallipoli. It stands in memory of the 4000 men who died on this battlefield of World War 1.
CENTENARY OF ANZAC
25TH APRIL 2015
This plaque was unveiled to commemorate
those young Australian & New Zealand troops
who stormed the beaches of the Gallipoli Peninsula
One hundred years ago today
Those who offered & those who gave their lives
Should be forever honoured by our nation
LEST WE FORGET
Erected by the Gerringong RSL Sub-branch
This plaque and path were unveiled on this day to Commemorate
Cessation of hostilities of World War 1
At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month 1918
One hundred years ago today
It also honours the Australian personnel killed and wounded in the Conflict
63,300 killed in action
8,700 died on service
Lest we forget
Funded by Australian Dept. Of Veterans Affairs – Constructed by Kiama Municipal Council
Plaque donated by Lakeside Memorial Park, Erected by Gerringong RSL Sub-branch.
Dedicated on the 15th May 2004
Councillor Sandra McCarthy
Mayor of Kiama Municipal Council
Arthur Campbell, President of the Gerringong RSL Sub-branch
Les Davey, former Councillor of Kiama Municipal Council and Chair of the Tidy Towns Committee.
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