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Australia's Remarkable Trees

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Australia's Remarkable Trees

EXT time you're in Melbourne, wander up to the Shrine of Remembrance on St Kilda Rd.

There's a magnificent pine tree there that has one hell of a story to tell.

Australia's Remarkable Trees, by Richard Allen and Kimbal Baker. MUP, rrp $59.99
Its tale starts on a blood-stained plateau at Gallipoli, where one of the fiercest battles of World War I took place.

For six days Aussie and Kiwi soldiers battled the Turks for control of the trenches, with more than 7000 men slaughtered.

This was the famous battle of Lone Pine, for in the battlefield stood a single pine tree.

The tree was destroyed in the fighting, but an Aussie soldier souvenired a cone from the pine and bought it home.

He gave it to his aunt, who lived near Warrnambool. A few years later she planted the seeds, from which four seedlings grew.

One of these seedlings was planted at the Shrine in 1933, with full military honours. And there it stands today, this magnificent tree, our closest link to the ANZAC battle of Gallipoli.

Our lone pine is one of 60 trees whose stories are told in Australia's Remarkable Trees, a magnificent 254-page coffee-table book featuring 500 photographs.

Featured are trees such as the olive trees at Parramatta's Elizabeth Farm, presumed to be planted by wool pioneer John Macarthur, and the Ponderosa Pine at Khancoban Station in the upper Murray.

Visible from more than 10km away, this 130-year-old tree may well live for another 900 years, as some of its US cousins have done.

Australia's Remarkable Trees is, well, remarkable. It is a brilliant concept beautifully executed by Richard Allen and Kimbal Baker.

Both writer and photographer have caught the mood of each tree, with the reader almost able to smell the leaves and touch the bark.
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