The memorial is an elegant, laser-engraved board, made of timber from the original Inverell Lone Pine. This historic tree was felled in 2007 due to safety concerns. The board tells the story of the tree and is decorated with stylised military maps of Gallipoli and illustrations of battle scenes. It is positioned on an easel within the foyer of the Inverell Returned Servicemen's Memorial (R.S.M.) Club.
Inverell RSL Club Secretary Hans Mouthaan was instrumental in obtaining the memorial. It was dedicated by New England MP Tony Windsor and a member of the Smith Family on Anzac Day, 25 April 2013.
The board was made by a laser company based in Ashmore, Queensland. It was designed to complement the other memorials in the club's foyer, including the Inverell R.S.M. Club First World War Memorial Sculpture, which is mounted on piece from the same tree. Another Inverell Lone Pine is located in nearby Victoria Park.
Information for this listing was provided courtesy of the Inverell RSL sub-Branch.
[Australian Commonwealth Military Forces]
Story of the Inverell Lone Pine
Seven Victoria Crosses were won at Lone Pine. In semi-darkness, under pine logs, there was little space to shoot. Both sides fought with bayonet; sometimes with no weapon - clawing, kicking and struggling - throttling one another with bare hands. It was some of the most vicious fighting of the whole war. Over three days Australian casualties were 2,277 and Turkish losses a staggering 6,930.
Two brothers, Benjamin and Mark Smith from Inverell, NSW were involved in the capture of the Lone Pine positions. Mark was killed in the action. Benjamin, a Lance Corporal, noticed that the Turks had been using branches of a Lone Pine tree to cover their trenches. He saw that the trees had been destroyed in the battle and it is probable that his thoughts went home to his mother who was well known for her 'green thumbs'. He plucked one of the cones from the destroyed tree and sent it to her. Benjamin's twin brother, Bert also enlisted in the A.I.F. The mother planted three seeds shed by the cone and like the story of the three boys, two trees lived and one died. In 1930 Mrs McMullen, the boy's mother sent one of the trees to Inverell where the boys had lived, the second tree was sent to Canberra for the opening of the War Memorial. The Duke of Gloucester planted the tree on 24th October, 1934 dedicated to the memory of Mrs McMullen's son, Mark and other sons who fell at Lone Pine.
The timber used in this plaque is from the original Lone Pine seedling.
The tree was felled in 2007 due to safety concerns.