We wish everyone a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Orders from the Memorial’s Collection

Please place image, film and sound orders before Monday 28 November, every effort will be made to ensure you receive your orders before Christmas Day.

Orders for books and merchandise from the Online Shop

Please place orders by Monday 12 December to ensure Christmas Day delivery.

The Online Shop will close from midday 24 December 2016 and reopen 3 January 2017. Orders can still be placed during this period but will not be dispatched until after 3 January. If you wish to contact us please email esales@awm.gov.au and we will respond to your email as soon as we return.

 

This is your opportunity to own a collector’s item made from a branch that fell from the Lone Pine Tree during a storm on 27 December 2008. The story of the tree, which stands in the Memorial grounds, is told below.

Purchase Lone Pine products online

Alternatively you can contact the eSales Unit:

Email: esales@awm.gov.au 
Phone: 02 6243 4555 (select option 2) 

The ‘Lone Pine’ tree

Damaged Lone Pine branch Damaged Lone Pine branch

On 6 August 1915 a great offensive was launched from Anzac on Gallipoli. The opening attack, by the Australians on the Turkish positions at Lone Pine, developed into a brutal battle that continued for three and a half days. At the end of it, the Australians held Lone Pine, but their losses had been dreadful.

Among the dead was a soldier from the 4th Battalion, Australian Imperial Force. His brother, having gone to Lone Pine shortly after its capture, sent their mother in Australia a cone from one of the pine logs used by the Turks as overhead cover for their trenches. Many years later, the Australian War Memorial acquired a sapling grown from a seed that she had taken from the cone.

On 25 October 1934, with only the Memorial’s foundations laid, Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester (and later Governor-General of Australia), planted the sapling in the grounds of the Memorial. The ceremony was barely over when a severe thunderstorm struck Canberra. A bridge over the Molonglo River was washed away, but the sapling remained standing. It became known as the Lone Pine.