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Lone Pine Peace Park and Handshake for Peace Memorial, Leura

Lone Pine Peace Park and Handshake for Peace Memorial, Leura
Lone Pine Peace Park, Leura
Lone Pine Peace Park, Leura, close-up of large bushrock with 'Handshake' plaque
Lone Pine Peace Park, Leura, bushrock with dedication plaque
Lone Pine Peace Park, Leura, close-up of dedication plaque
Lone Pine Peace Park, Leura, Lone Pine tree with plaque on pole at its base
Lone Pine Peace Park, Leura, close-up of Lone Pine plaque
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Description / Background

This memorial is a grassed reserve, featuring a large bushrock monument known as the 'Handshake for Peace Memorial'. The reserve and the monument recognise peace between Australia and Turkey, and reference the Gallipoli campaign in the First World War. The monument is a large slab of sandstone, standing upright, with four brass plaques attached to the front face. The top plaque is a relief sculpture of two clasped hands that "portrays generals from Australia and Turkey shaking hands". The artwork was created by Terrance Plowright, an artist from nearby Wentworth Falls (Blue Mountains Gazette, 10 March 2015). 

The reserve and monument were dedicated by Mr Reha Keskintepe, Ambassador of Turkey, on 18 April 2015. On the same day, the Ambassador also planted a tree at the Lone Pine Memorial, Leura, which is a short walk away down a bush track. 

Adjacent to the Handshake monument is a Lone Pine tree donated by Mrs. Carol Taylor of Wellington, NSW, and planted on 28 November 2004. A metal plaque supported by a pole is positioned in front of the tree. The Australian Red Cross First World War Memorial Rose Garden, Leura is also located nearby. 

The reserve is directly behind the Lone Pine Avenue and Memorial Gates, Leura.


Smaller bushrock, plaque

His Excellency, Mr Reha Keskintepe

Ambassador of Turkey

dedicated this reserve as the Lone Pine Peace Park on 18 April, 2015.

This dedication coincided with

The Great Gathering of Peace, Friendship and


in Istanbul on the same day,

marking the centenary of the Gallipoli

Campaign of WW1

and wishing for peace across all nations.

Part of the Global International Institute for Peace through Tourism

& SKAL International Peace Parks

Handshake memorial, right plaque

Those heroes that shed their blood and lost

their lives ... You are now lying in the soil of a

friendly country. Therefore rest in peace. There

is no difference between the Johnnies and the

Mehmets to us where they lie side by side here

in this country of ours ...

You, the mothers who sent their sons from

faraway countries, wipe away your tears; your

sons are now lying in our bosom and are in

peace. After having lost their lives on this land

they have become our sons as well.


Handshake memorial, left plaque

[text from right side plaque in Turkish]


Handshake memorial, bottom plaque


18th April 2015

His Excellency Mr Reha Keskintepe Ambassador of Turkey

Mr Brian Turner RFD President Katoomba R.S.L.

Mr Allan Byrnes President Central Blue Rotary

Mr Phil Hammon, Mr Tom Colless, Benefactors

In the presence of

Mr Mark Greenhill Mayor Blue Mountains City Council

Assembled Local School Students & Residents.

[logos: the Australian Government; Republic of Turkey Embassy; RSL Australia; Blue Mountains City Council; Rotary International Central Blue]

Lone Pine plaque

Story of the Lone Pine

This tree was grown from a seed descendent

from the Pine Tree on Lone Pine Hill, Gallipoli

during World War 1. Cones were brought home

by surviving diggers and family and friends.

This tree was donated by Mrs. Carol Taylor of

Wellington, NSW. It was planted by the

Mayor, Cl. Jim Angel and witnessed by the

Blue Mountains Histroical Society and the

Leura Bush Care Group.

28th November 2004.

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Lone Pine Peace Park
Cnr Malvern Road and Balmoral Street
Leura NSW 2780
Local Government Area
Blue Mountains, City of
Location status
Original location
Memorial type
Memorial avenue/Memorial tree/Memorial trees
Recorded by
NSW War Memorials Register
Year of construction
Dedication date
18 April 2015
First World War, 1914–18