A few moving photographs have been sent to me from the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Archive.
These images have kindly been made available by Sally Stewart and the Library team at RBG Melbourne and remain copyright of the State Botanical Collection, Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne.
The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne Memorial Tree seems to go under several synonym plant names in the articles, plaque and press cuttings – Brush Box (Lophostemon confertus) its now widely used name or Queensland Box Tristania conferta (synonym). This evergreen tree is native to Australia, though cultivated in the USA and elsewhere. Other common names include the one mentioned in the 11.11.46 newspaper article Brisbane Box – there is more about this Box tree on its Wikipedia entry. The memorial plaque reads:
Lophostemon confertus BRUSH BOX.
Planted in memory of members of the staff who died in Active Service.
Driver A.W. Bugg, AIF 1915.
Flight Sergeant E.J. Hiskins, RAAF 1944.
10th September 1946
Read more about these men at our previous blogpost Bugg’s Life and Death: https://worldwarzoogardener1939.wordpress.com/2015/02/02/buggs-life-and-death-royal-botanic-gardens-melbourne-staff-memorial-tree/
I was interested to hear from the Melbourne team about the Gallipoli Oaks project.
A Gallipoli Oak has been planted by Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC Retd at the Gardens on 13 November 2014 to mark the Centenary of WW1 working with RBG Melbourne and National Trust of Australia. This was the first of 500 seedlings planted as part of the Gallipoli Oaks Project, descended from a Quercus Coccifera (Kermes Oak) sent home from Gallipoli by Australian soldier Captain William Lempriere Winter-Cooke. It is hoped that over the centenary years 2014-18 that each primary school in Victoria will receive a Gallipoli oak seedling as a living memorial.
There are photographs, teacher resources and more information at the project website: http://gallipolioaks.org/about/