MISSING PINE: Northern Midlands mayor David Downie and parliamentary secretary Guy Barnett at the Longford Cenotaph. Picture: Paul ScamblerAuthorities have been left scratching their heads after a Lone Pine seedling was stolen from the Longford Cenotaph, just five days before Anzac Day.
The tree is believed to have been taken on Tuesday evening, having been planted in a service on Friday and surrounded by a metal cage.
Northern Midlands mayor David Downie said he did not believe the thiefcould have known the significance of the tree.
“It was obviously vandalism but we’re hoping that someone may uncover where the tree’s gone and we may be able to retrieve it.”
The Lone Pine is a symbol of the 2000 Australians who fought and died in the Battle of Lone Pine inGallipoli,1915.
Parliamentary secretary Guy Barnett said the tree was raised by Rose Bay High School studentsat the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardenas part of a project to disseminate Lone Pines ahead of Anzac Day.
The seedling wasgrown from seeds harvested from a Lone Pine tree planted at theCornelian Bay War Cemetery, which itself was grown from a seed collected from the Lone Pineat the Australian War Memorial in Canberra –a direct linkto the battlefield atLone Pine in Gallipoli.
“Certainly for veterans, they’ll be very saddened by what’s occurred here and deeply upset, I’d imagine,” Mr Barnett said.
Cr Downie said the council dealt with vandalism from time to time but not with such historically significant tree before.
Heurged anyone who knew of the seedling’s whereabouts to come forward, as it was to be a significant addition to the council’s war memorial.
“We have a lot of Anzac services that are well attended throughout our municipality and there’s a lot of younger people now attending Anzac services –the services are growing in interest.”
He said the council would be placing a CCTV camera at the memorial if the tree was returned.
Mr Barnett said if the tree was not returned he’d make arrangements to find a replacement Lone Pine, accompanied by a commemorative plaque.
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