Inverell R.S.M. Club First World War Memorial Sculpture

Inverell RSM First World War Memorial SculptureInverell RSM First World War Memorial Sculpture, left panelInverell RSM First World War Memorial Sculpture, right panelInverell RSM First World War Memorial Sculpture, dedication plaque
Description

The memorial consists of a bronze sculpture of Simpson and his donkey mounted on a piece of the trunk of the original Inverell Lone Pine, which was cut down in 2007 because of safety concerns.

The artwork is accompanied by several interpretive signs. In front of the sculpture is a plaque bearing a dedication to those who served and died in the First World War. On either side of the sculpture are panels, which tell the story of the Lone Pine seedlings. The final sign is listed separately on the NSW War Memorials Register as the Inverell R.S.M. Club Lone Pine Story Board.

The memorial is located inside the Inverell Returned Servicemen's Memorial (R.S.M.) Club and access to it is restricted to the opening hours of the club. 

Another Inverell Lone Pine is located in nearby Victoria Park.

Inscription

Left panel

This memorial is to highlight the story of Benjamin and Mark Smith, who enlisted in Inverell and served with the 3rd Battalion in Gallipoli.

Benjamin Smith's twin brother, Bert who served also, on the Western Front with distinction and was awarded the Military Medal.

During the Battle of Lone Pine, Corporal Mark Smith was fatally wounded at the base of the lone pine tree. His brother, Corporal Benjamin Smith retrieved a pine cone from a branch of the tree that the enemy used to cover their trenches. The pine cone was sent to Benjamin's mother in Newcastle for possible propagation.

Right panel

Mrs G.T. McMullen raised two seedlings. One was donated to Inverell Municipal Council and planted in Victoria Park where it prospered to become a living memorial to the casualties and heroes of Gallipoli. The second seedling is at the Australian War Memorial and has grown to over 20 metres in height today.

In 2007, the Inverell Lone Pine Tree was cut down as it had become unstable and a risk to the public.

The base of this memorial is the butt of that pine tree and along with the statute of Simpson and his Donkey, serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by so many, to shape our nation as it is today and is Inverell's link with that important part of Australia's military history. 

Dedication plaque

The memorial you are observing with "Simpson and his donkey" is dedicated to all the men and women of Australia who served and died during WW1.

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Address
Inverell R.S.M. Club
68-76 Evans Street
Inverell NSW 2360
Australia
Local Government Area
  • Inverell Shire
Setting
  • Building – inside
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
  • Statue/sculpture/artwork
Recorded by
Graham Wilson
Year of construction
2007
Established Date format: 
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Established date
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Conflict/s
  • First World War, 1914–18
Materials
  • Bronze
  • Timber